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Claim for Burns from a Chemical Spill in a Factory

How can I claim for burns from a chemical spill in a factory? I recently received chemical burns to my arm after a drum of acidic liquid fell from its shelf, spilling all over my right arm. As a result I have been left unable to work or enjoy some of my favourite pastimes including snooker and darts.

Your eligibility to claim for burns from a chemical spill in a factory is dependent on whether or not you can prove that someone other than yourself was at fault for the accident. In order to pursue compensation you must be able to prove that your employer is responsible for the accident which led to your injuries – whether it was your employer who caused the accident directly or one of your co-workers is irrelevant; your employer is still the party who must be held responsible.

Your employer and not one of your co-workers must be held responsible for your accident as they have a ‘duty of care’ to you and your colleagues – meaning that they must take precautions in order to ensure that your place of work is as safe as possible. The fact that you suffered burns as a result of a chemical spillage at work may indicate that your employer has failed in their duty of care.

In order to be able to claim for burns from a chemical spill in a factory you will need to obtain a record of your injury. Attending the nearest hospital’s Accident and Emergency department immediately after your accident is not only a vital step toward safeguarding your health – it will also allow you to access a medical report of your injuries, a document which will be crucial in your claim for compensation. Logging an entry in the company’s Accident Report Book may also be helpful, as might a report from the Health and Safety Authority, which must be compiled by your employer if you are absent for three or more days because of your injury.

Proving that an employer’s negligence was responsible for an injury sustained by an employee at work can be difficult and requires the help of an representative. In order to have the best chance of succeeding with your claim for burns from a chemical spill in a factory, speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity.