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Types of Chemical Injury

Types of Chemical Injury and Chemical Disease

There are many different types of chemical disease and chemical injury, including chemical burns, chemical poisoning and allergies arising from chemical exposure, along with a huge range of possible symptoms. People will show completely different symptoms according to the chemical disease or injury they are experiencing.

Different jobs will involve working with different chemicals, leading to a range of chemical disease or injury, depending on the industry, the role and the extent of the injury. The length or severity of exposure to the toxic chemical in question will also affect the type of chemical injuries sustained or chemical disease experienced by the victim.

Chemical burns

Chemical burns can occur as a result of tissue being exposed to a corrosive substance such as a strong acid or base. Bearing in mind the word 'burn', it may be surprising that for these types of chemical injury to occur, there does not necessarily need to be a source of heat.

Like any other type of chemical injury, symptoms of burns will vary according to the particular chemical and the length of exposure, but can include itching, discolouration of the skin, burning sensations, coughing blood and trouble breathing.

Ways to prevent a number of different types of chemical disease

There are certain precautions which should be taken to prevent most different types of chemical disease and injury. For example, when working with chemicals, the length of contact should be made as short as possible.
Another measure which helps to prevent many different types of chemical injury is that employees working with chemicals should generally be provided with protective clothing. This can include gloves, masks and other provisions, which should be supplied by the employer.

As well as providing safety equipment and protective clothing, employees must train workers on how to treat chemicals safely. If they fail to do so, and an employee is injured, they may be entitled to compensation.

Am I entitled to compensation for my chemical disease?

If you've contracted a chemical disease and you're wondering whether you can make a chemical disease compensation claim, consider these points:

  • Did your employer warn you of the dangers associated with working with the chemical in questions?
  • Were you provided with safety equipment such as goggles, masks or protective clothing to shield you from the dangerous chemical?
  • Were you provided with proper training in how to use the safety equipment and how to manage the hazardous chemical?

If the answer to any of these three questions is 'no', you should call us today to find out if you are entitled to compensation for your chemical disease.

Mrs Ward, Durham, was awarded £3,600

After my accident, my employer made changes so that the accident wouldn't happen again...I made a claim under a no win no fee agreement - I didn't have to pay.


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