Hazardous Substance

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Hazardous Substance Claims

Effects from exposure may be immediate or cause short term health issues such as irritation or mild corrosive burns. Long term effects can be devastating; these include damage to your nerve system, cancers, organ damage or even death.

Our specialist personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. Whether you have been exposed to hazardous substances at work, the home or in a public place you may be entitled to compensation. If you have suffered a serious injury or illness due to hazardous substance exposure please call our specialists today on 020 8891 8002 to discuss your claim.

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Common Effects of Hazardous Substance Exposure

Hazardous substances can come into contact with the human body through ingestion, inhalation, skin contact and injection through a puncture in the skin. Exposure, even in small quantities, can result in severe and often life changing physical injuries and illnesses. Some of the common health problems that can occur from exposure to hazardous substances include:

  • Poisoning
  • Headaches and loss of consciousness
  • Eye damage
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Asthma
  • Skin rashes, such as dermatitis
  • Chemical burns
  • Miscarriage or birth defects
  • Disorders of the lung, kidney or liver
  • Nervous system disorders.
  • Cancer

Have you suffered from an injury caused by a hazardous substance. You might be due compensation because your employer is responsible for your safety and for your health. Call our specialist solicitors on 020 8891 8002 for free advice.

Hazardous Substances in the Workplace

Most often this type of claim is associated with exposure to hazardous substances at the workplace where toxic chemicals are often encountered. Employers are legally bound to provide a safe working environment and provide adequate training when working around and handling chemicals that can harm or endanger life.

If your employer has been negligent and not followed the guidelines set out in The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) then you might be able to make a claim for compensation.
COSSH is the law which states general requirements on employers to protect employees and other persons from the hazards of substances used at work by risk assessment, control of exposure, health surveillance and incident planning.

Common Hazardous Substances Found in the Workplace

Substances that pose harmful to human health that can be encountered in the workplace include:

  • Corrosives such as sulphuric acid and caustic soda
  • Acute toxins such as cyanide
  • Irritants such as ammonia
  • Sensitising agents such as isocyanates
  • Carcinogens such as benzene and vinyl chloride
  • Heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminium
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum products
  • Solvents

How Long Do I Have to Make Claim?

Usually you have three years to start legal proceedings for personal injury, however in the case of claims related to hazardous substance or delayed symptoms you would have three years from the date the symptoms/causes were identified by a professional. If in doubt about your right to claim or if a deadline is fast approaching please call us and we will be happy to look into your case

What Is the Claims Process?

The first thing to do is to get in touch with us so we can provide a free consultation and discuss your case. We can quickly work out if you have a claim by asking a few questions. We will also let you know if you will benefit from a No win no fee arrangement. If after your free consultation you decide to proceed with a compensation claim we will proceed with the stages below.

Investigation Stage

We need to determine the extent of your injury and any monetary losses directly related to your injury or illness. It may be necessary to have a medical examination carried out to accurately identify your injury and assess your suffering.

Compensation Calculation

We will calculate how much compensation you are likely to receive from a successful claim taking into account various factors associated with your injury including loss of income, pain and suffering, medical expenses and future expenses including future care and specialist equipment and any modifications necessary to your home. We then will put this amount to your opponent and they have two options: accept the claim, or contest the claim.


If your opponent accepts then you will be awarded the compensation due. If they do not accept the claim then the next phase will be court proceedings. Please not this does not always mean a case goes to trial it simply means a court takes over management of the case where an opponent still has the opportunity to settle your claim. If you have to go to court rest assured we will be with you every step of the way. And remember if we agreed to handle your claim under a no win no fee agreement then you will not have to pay anything if your claim was unsuccessful.

How Much Can I Claim?

How much you can claim will depend on a number of factors related to the injury received from a defective medical product. Some of those factors are listed below:

  • Degree of pain, suffering and on-going problems caused by the defective product
  • Loss of earnings from being unable to work / return to work
  • Support and care that you need now and in the future related to your injury
  • Support for modifications made to your home
  • Specialist mobility equipment required