Chemical Injury Claims
In some workplaces, chemicals are used which may be corrosive, toxic or likely to cause chemical injury to an employee who is exposed to them. Many of the chemicals widely used in industry can have side effects for humans, although the severity of the personal injury may depend on the extent of the exposure to chemicals.
Some people may be more susceptible than others to chemical injuries, allergies or other symptoms arising from chemical exposure.
Employers have the same duty to employees handling or working with chemicals as they do to any other type of worker – they must do a proper risk assessment of the work to be carried out, and if any potential risks are identified, they must take steps to avoid those risks.
They should make themselves familiar with any potential causes of chemical injury and any side effects associated with using any particular chemicals in their work places or processes.
For handling or working with chemicals, this may involve restricting the length of contact, the provision of masks, gloves, and other protective clothing. If any employee has a known susceptibility to a particular chemical, and the employer is made aware of this, the employer will have to make special provision to ensure that employee is safe from the risk of chemical injury.
The Extent of a Chemical Injury
The extent of a chemical injury will also depend on the length of the exposure the accident victim has been subjected to. Sometimes, the effects of a chemical injury will be the result of long-term exposure at a low level, so the onset of symptoms can be gradual. This means that chemical injury can be hard to diagnose.
The Effects of Chemical Injury
Exposure to certain toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and zinc, can have an effect on all of the body’s organs. They can also be slow to disseminate from the body, meaning that simply removing yourself from the source of the chemicals may not result in the chemical injury being cured straight away.
The different types of chemical will lead to different types of chemical injury. For example, pre-1960, lead was often used in paint, and as a result steel manufacturers and plumbers can be affected by lead poisoning as a result of being exposed to tiny amounts of lead on a daily basis.
Chemical poisoning can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as confusion, nausea, vomiting, abnormal heart beat, shortness of breath and headaches. Burns are another type of chemical injury, which can be sustained if a person comes into direct contact with a toxic chemical.
If you have suffered a chemical injury and it was fault of someone else, London Accident Claims are the UK’s leading personal injury specialists, which includes cases of chemical injury. It costs nothing to contact London Accident Claims, online or by phone, to get some independent advice about your chemical injury claim.