When hazardous substances are present in the environment and appropriate health and safety protocols are not adhered to, it can result in individuals being exposed to those substances. Depending on the substance and the level of exposure, this can cause serious harm to the person or people exposed. If you think you may have been exposed to a hazardous substance due to someone else's negligence, you may be able to claim for compensation.
Hazardous substances are present in many industrial workplaces and it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure a safe working environment for all staff working on their premises. All workers must be given adequate training in health and safety procedures in order to keep themselves safe and prevent their exposure to toxic or hazardous substances. Where appropriate, it is the responsibility of the employer to issue all staff with Personal Protective Clothing and make sure that all safety equipment is adequate and in full working order.
There are a huge number of possible ways an individual may be exposed to harmful or hazardous substances either in a workplace or in a public area. Although exposure to industrial chemicals in the workplace is very common, so too are food poisoning claims which normally occur at restaurants or public events where food is served. Some of the most commonly reported kinds of hazardous substance claims are:
Unfortunately, in our modern world, harmful fumes and chemicals are routinely released into the atmosphere as a result of industrial or agricultural processes. If crops or drinking water supplies become contaminated, this can result in serious health conditions for anyone who consumes this food or water.
Since the smoking ban, much fewer of us are now exposed to harmful second-hand smoke in the place of work. However, there are still instances where this occurs. If you have developed a health problem associated with second-hand smoking due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
When you eat out at a restaurant or a catered event, you would normally assume that the catering staff are trained to follow stringent hygiene procedures, that the food is cooked thoroughly and is safe to eat. Unfortunately, food poisoning is still a common occurrence, and depending on the type and severity, can leave the sufferer with serious lifelong health problems.
Find out more about making a claim for Food Poisoning here.
Making a Claim
If you believe you or someone you know has been exposed to a hazardous substance and developed health problems as a result of this exposure, you should seek legal advice straight away. It must be provable that your exposure was the result of negligence on the part of someone else. It must also be provable that you suffered illness or injury as a direct result of this negligence.
There are strict time limits imposed on claiming for compensation, so if you believe you may have a claim, it is vital that you speak to a solicitor as soon as possible. To find out more about how Cute Injury can help, get in touch today.