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Compensation for Toxic Gas Exposure in a Factory Accident

Is it possible to claim compensation for toxic gas exposure in a factory accident? I have been unable to work for a year due to the debilitating effect on my respiratory system exposure to methyl isocyanate has had. The accident happened at my last job working in a chemical factory.

It may be possible to claim for compensation for toxic gas exposure in a factory accident if you can prove that your employer was at least partly responsible for your accident. Every employer has a ‘duty of care’ to their employees, meaning that they must take sufficient measures to ensure that their employees have a safe place in which to work. If you believe that this duty has not been fulfilled, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

As exposure to toxic gas can often cause extensive damage to a person’s respiratory system, their nervous system and vital organs, awards for exposure can often be substantial. Methyl isocynate is a particularly dangerous gas and is used to manufacture various types of rubbers, adhesives, pesticides and herbicides.

Certainly, working in a place where exposure to toxic gas is a threat requires an extremely attentive management who are capable of providing all of the safety equipment and taking all of the necessary steps needed for working with dangerous gases. If you believe that any safety procedures which should have been implemented in the factory were not, you may be entitled to toxic gas exposure compensation. In your case, this would include the provision of a face mask, gloves and overalls.

In circumstances such as yours it is possible that some of your former co-workers experienced similar afflictions as a result of their exposure to the highly poisonous gas. Speaking with other sufferers may provide you with new information or a new insight into your potential to claim methyl isocyanate exposure compensation.

Before taking any steps yourself, you should first speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor. A solicitor will be able to tell you whether or not you are entitled to claim for compensation for toxic gas exposure in a factory accident, what your chances of success are, and may be able to provide you with an estimate of how much you may receive.