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Chemical Poisoning

Chemical Poisoning


Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors – No win no fee Chemical Poisoning Claims


Chemical poisoning at work can lead to a wide range of injuries, as well as permanent damage to skin, eyesight, or internal organs. Chemicals in the workplace are also linked to cancer, including bladder cancer and kidney cancer.


The use of chemicals in the workplace is regulated by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH).


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes guidelines for employers and industry to protect workers from chemical poisoning at work.


Employers in industries which use chemicals or manufacture chemicals have a legal duty to carry out regular risk assessments to protect workers from the hazards of exposure to industrial chemicals – as well as implementing preventative measure to protect workers from the symptoms of chemical poisoning and industrial disease linked to chemicals.


Employers should also put in place protocols for dealing with incidents which may lead to chemical poisoning – such as chemical spills in the workplace.


Commonly used industrial chemicals which may cause injury include:


  • Ammonium nitrate
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium acid
  • Chlorine
  • Cobalt
  • Fertilisers (organophosphates)
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Latex
  • MbOCA (methylene bis (ortho-chloroaniline), methylene bis(2-chloroaniline)or 2,2'-dichloro-4,4'-methylene dianiline)
  • Mercury
  • Metal inert gas
  • Metal active gas
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
  • PCBs
  • Polyurethane paints (2-pack isocyanate paints)
  • Silica
  • Sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)
  • Solvents
  • Sulphuric Acid
  • Toluene.

    Chemicals may be inhaled or ingested from vapours or fumes – or may be in liquid or solid form, both of which can be absorbed by the skin. Symptoms of chemical poisoning include:


  • Dizziness
  • Eye irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritation to mucus linings (eg nose and throat)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting.
  • Unconsciousness.

Chemical fumes inhaled can be especially dangerous, as the chemical is carried in the blood from the lungs to the brain and other organs, which may result in permanent injury or even death. Chemicals can also contaminate urine and pass through the body in the kidneys and bladder, potentially causing damage or infection to the urinary tract.


The effects of chemical poisoning may cause conditions and disease such as:


  • Asthma
  • Brain injury
  • Cancers (eg stomach cancer)
  • COPD (chronic pulmonary obstructive disease)
  • Dermatitis
  • Emphysema
  • Eye problems/sight impairment
  • Kidney damage (eg kidney cancer)
  • Liver damage (eg liver cancer)
  • Lung damage (eg lung cancer)
  • Nerve damage (eg Parkinsonia)
  • Organ damage
  • Respiratory tract problems (eg lung cancer)
  • Urinary tract problems (eg infections, bladder cancer).


Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors can advise workers who have suffered injury as a result of exposure to chemicals at work on how to make no win no fee chemical poisoning claims for compensation.


Making a Claims for Chemical Poisoning at Work


Workers who have been diagnosed with injuries as a result of being exposed to chemicals in the workplace have three years from the date of diagnosis of injury in which to make a no win no fee industrial disease claim.


Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has died as a result of chemical poisoning at work on how to make no win no fee compensation claim – including claims relating to diagnosis at post-mortem of a disease linked to chemical poisoning at work.


Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors – No win no fee Chemical Poisoning Claims


Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of industrial diseases and their families on how to make chemical poisoning compensation claims – including historic cases where a disease or degenerative condition cause by exposure to chemicals at work has been diagnosed.


Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant having worked with hazardous chemicals and later being diagnosed with diseases and conditions caused by chemical poisoning.


Because of the limitation period for making claims for exposure to chemicals at work, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis to discuss making a chemical poisoning claim


For expert legal advice on no win no fee Chemical Poisoning Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.

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