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Chemical injuries can be extremely painful and can have potential long-term consequences. These could range from lifelong discomfort to disfigurement at the positioning of the burns. If you’ve suffered injury from chemicals in an accident and it was not your fault, then you can file a chemical injury claim for compensation.
Chemical burns are the results of hazardous substances coming into contact with the skin or eyes and are often caused by products like bleach, ammonia, fertilizers, concrete mix, and cleaning products for swimming pools, toilets, and drains. The injury's impact depends on the level of exposure. It may be some minor irritation to the surface of the skin, which can be easily treated and can leave no long-term damage.
Burn injuries are categorized in one in every of three ways:
Chemical injuries are caused when the skin comes in contact with harsh chemicals or irritants. Many substances ammonia, sodium hydroxide, sulphuric acid, and nitric acid can cause chemical burns. Chemical injuries may be caused by using products containing such toxic chemicals or by working at places where one gets exposed. One may also be a victim of an acid attack. Unsafe storage of chemicals or spillage during transportation can also cause chemical injuries. Some chemicals can be hazardous if toxic fumes are breathed in. It may lead to seizures, shortness of breath, and many other harmful impacts on the body.
A personal injury lawyer at ConsumerInjuryClaims can help you file a chemical burns compensation claim. The Personal Injury solicitor analyzes your burn impact, evidence, and help decide the compensation claim amount. Photographs of your injuries at the time of the accident and photographs of the scene of the accident. An entry in an accident book in the written record of the accident and Witness statements make your claim stronger. Medical records also prove to be good evidence.
The exact amount of compensation for chemical injury will rely on the severity and extent of your injuries as well as your actual financial losses, better referred to as General Damages and Special Damages.
With respect to General Damages (pain and suffering), the Judicial College guidelines currently suggest the degree of compensation for burn injuries (including chemical burns) are as follows:
As per Work Act 1974, Your employer has to ensure a safe environment for you. An employer has to limit, assess risks, and provide safety equipment with protective clothing. The staff has to be well trained and should be informed about potential hazards in the workplace.
An expert Personal Injury solicitor helps you understand your rights and assess the right amount of compensation.