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Claims for Chemical Burns in a Factory

A work colleague and I want to make claims for chemical burns in a factory. How can we find out if we will be able to recover compensation for our injuries?

In order to determine if claims for chemical burns in a factory can be made you should seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor. A number of factors can affect eligibility to claim compensation and it is important that the circumstances of the accident – and the actions you took afterwards – are assessed by a solicitor to confirm that claims for injury compensation for chemical burns at work will be possible.

A solicitor must establish that the accident in which you came into contact with chemicals was the fault of your employer. You will only be entitled to make claims for chemical burns in a factory if your injuries were sustained as a direct result of employer negligence and if there was a breach in a duty of care.

Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974) and should have taken all practical and appropriate steps to ensure you were kept safe at work and were not placed in a position where you could be burned by chemicals in a factory. The use of chemicals at work is also governed by The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002), which places strict regulations on the use of chemicals at work. Under this legislation the use of chemicals must be restricted in the workplace and appropriate control measures employed to ensure contact with dangerous chemicals is kept to the minimum possible level.

Under this legislative act – as well as The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992) – employers must provide personal protective equipment to employees who are required to work with chemicals. Not only must PPE be provided that complies with British Standards, but it must be maintained and regularly checked.

If your employer placed you at an excessive risk of sustaining an injury by failing to provide the appropriate protective clothing or if working practices were dangerous or in breach of health and safety legislation you will both be entitled to make claims for compensation for chemical burns in a factory. You should not have been placed in a position where it was possible for you to be burned by chemicals in a factory so it is highly probable that you will be entitled to claim compensation for injuries.

Claims for injury compensation for chemical burns must be supported by evidence of employer negligence, and a solicitor is in the best position to assist with the collection of evidence to support your claims. You will also be advised about the claims process in detail and a solicitor will calculate how much compensation for chemical burns in a factory you both can claim for your injuries.

It is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that a strong case can be made against your employer. This will also ensure your claims can be resolved in the shortest possible time frame.