Chemical burn injuries are one of the most common hazards present in workplaces. Products containing caustic or corrosive chemicals are routinely used in industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining, cleaning and beauty.
If the products are not handled safely, they have the potential to cause extensive tissue damage and severe pain. In short, the results can bring extremely damaging effects. Chemical burns are often extremely painful, even resulting in scarring, disfigurement or long-term discomfort.
If you’ve suffered a chemical burn in the workplace, then you may be able to bring a claim for maximum compensation.
To be successful, you would have to show that your employer failed to follow the appropriate health and safety procedure. We list some examples below of how an employer might neglect their duty to you and other workers.
What are chemical burns claims?
Chemical burns occur when your skin or eyes come into contact with a hazardous substance that can irritate the skin. You are likely to feel pain, burning or numbness in the affected area. Or, you might suffer from loss of vision if chemicals have come into contact with your eyes.
Swallowing chemicals can also cause chemical burns, usually to the inside of your stomach. Toxic gases, such as those from chemical spillage, are also covered in chemical burns claims. When inhaled, toxic fumes can cause burns to the sinus, throat and breathing capabilities.
If this happens in the workplace, then you may be able to make claims from your employer. A compensation claim turns on whether the employer breached their legal duty towards you.
Is the employer liable for chemical burns claims?
Every employer has a responsibility to provide safe working conditions for your long term well being. If it’s part of your job to work with chemicals, then your employer must take extra safety precautions, such as:
- Storing chemicals in a locked facility.
- Strictly controlling access to dangerous chemicals.
- Offering appropriate splatter guards for those working with fluids.
- Giving workers the proper protective equipment such as heat resistant clothing, aprons, gloves, face masks and breathing apparatus.
- Providing a safe working environment such as:
- Displaying the appropriate warning stickers.
- Ventilating the work area properly.
- Immediate clean up of any substance/chemical escapes or spills.
- Training staff on the proper handling and use of chemicals.
- Providing access to first aid facilities such as eye washing, burn cream and bandages.
Health and safety legislation like The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) address these conditions. You can find other legislation online to see if there are any other conditions linked with a real-life claim. Additionally, speak with The Compensation Experts to get a sense of whether you have a case for chemical burns claims.
Other examples of poor chemical burns behaviour at work
Let’s say that your employer:
- Doesn’t follow health and safety legislation.
- Doesn’t take reasonable steps to keep you safe.
Consequently, they may be found negligent and liable to pay compensation for your personal injury claims. Contact us for a personal injury solicitor with work claims & accident claims expertise and legal advice today.
How much compensation do these claims get?
The compensation figure depends on several elements, like the location of your injuries, their severity and their permanency. Factors such as your age, gender and health before the injury may also be taken into account. For example, a young person may be entitled to more damages than an older person. After all, they will have to live with their injuries for longer.
Expenses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries can also be recovered. This can include medical expenses, therapy such as counselling, travel expenses and the cost of specialist equipment.
For instance, the injuries you suffer might force you to miss time at work. Subsequently, your claim will include an amount for the wages you have lost, both now and in the future.
It is also possible to claim for the psychological trauma caused by a chemical burn. To be fair, any diagnosis of trauma must be certified by a qualified psychologist. Generally speaking though, the Courts also accept that burn injuries carry a strong psychological component, especially if your appearance has changed.
Whether you swallow or simply have chemicals splash onto your person, it’s wise to explore compensation claims. The sometimes slow to develop nature of the toxins are worth getting in front of now. Make a claim now, and you have a chance to get in front of any long-term health problems sooner rather than when it’s too late.
Contact the chemical burns claims experts
Our chemical burns claims advisors specialise in claims involving harmful chemical exposure in the workplace. We can potentially help you achieve compensation for your injuries including pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical treatment and rehabilitation.
If you need advice about No Win No Fee basis for chemical burns claims, contact us. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our specialist advisors. Learn more about our No Win No Fee agreements today. Fill in our contact form or call 0800 182 2190 to start your claim today.
Some other claims we can help you with
Accident At Work Claims is a big part of what we do regarding a personal injury at The Compensation Experts. For workplace accident claims, we work with a variety of capable law firms specialising in accidents at work. Some examples include:
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In this case, you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. However, if your claim is successful we will charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded and if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends then you may be liable to pay basic charges in addition to this.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information you provide, which helps us to determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel is experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury advisors are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Team
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
Expert chemical burns advisors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve for chemical burns claims.
We work on a No Win No Fee* basis, so if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team of chemical burns claims experts will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
However, you should be aware that the panel of solicitors we work with may charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded if your claim is successful. Further, if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends you may be also be liable to pay basic charges including (but not exclusively) disbursements, and barrister’s fees.