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Chemical Poisoning

One of the potential effects of working with toxic chemicals is chemical poisoning. If employees are exposed to chemicals such as lead, zinc, arsenic and mercury, even in very tiny amounts, the chemicals can have a devastating effect on the body.

All the organs in the body can be affected by chemical poisoning. Even if the source of the chemical poisoning is removed, the chemical can remain in the body for a significant amount of time, and the damage can be permanent.

Symptoms of chemical poisoning

Chemical poisoning can lead to a variety of symptoms, typically including problems like headaches, confusion and a change of heart rate. Because these types of chemical poisoning symptoms can appear gradually over time, chemical poisoning can be difficult to diagnose.

Depending on the chemical involved, the symptoms will vary greatly, and as a result there aren't any 'typical' symptoms for chemical poisoning. However, some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble breathing, including wheezing, shortness of breath and even asphyxiation
  • Change in heart rate, or more seriously heart attack
  • Irritation to the skin, irritation to the eyes, temporary blindness

Lead poisoning

One specific example of a type of chemical poisoning is lead poisoning. Lead was used in paint prior to 1960 so lead poisoning can affect plumbers and manufacturers of steel because they may be exposed to tiny amounts of lead each day, with the effects building up over time.

Symptoms of mild chemical poisoning through lead exposure can include lethargy and occasional abdominal problems. Severe poisoning will lead to abdominal pain along with other potential symptoms such as vomiting, headaches, constipation, low fertility and carpal tunnel.

Can I claim compensation for chemical poisoning?

If you think you might be suffering from chemical poisoning due to your employer's negligence, call us today - we can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor in your area who can handle industrial injury claims  on a no win no fee basis should you choose to make one.

Making a claim for chemical poisoning cannot lead to you losing your job, you will not have to pay any fees or costs if you lose your case, and you may prevent chemical poisoning of others who are vulnerable to the same types of accidents which caused your illness.

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