Chemical Injury Claims
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Chemical injury Claims can be excruciating and can have potential long-term consequences. It 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 claims for compensation.
What are Chemical Burns, Exposure, and Injuries?
Chemical burns are caused by hazardous substances coming into contact with the skin or eyes. Products like bleach, ammonia, fertilizers, concrete mix, and cleaning products for swimming pools, toilets, and drains can cause chemical burns. The injury’s impact depends on the level of exposure. It may be some minor irritation to the skin’s surface, which can be easily treated and can leave no long-term damage.
Burn injuries are categorized in one every of three ways:
- First degree burns are the mildest sort of burn injury. They only affect the skin’s surface and frequently recover without the requirement for medical treatment unless an oversized area of the skin is involved.
- Second-degree burns are more severe than first degree burns because the damage affects both the primary and second layers of the skin. The damage can potentially cause pigment changes to the skin, often requiring a cutis within the most severe cases.
- Third-degree burns are severe burn injuries, penetrating all layers of the skin and causing extensive nerve damage and other complications. All burns of this severity would require surgery to minimize scarring and avoid contracture or tightening of the skin.
Causes of Chemical Injury Claims
Chemical injury claims 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 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 substances can be hazardous if toxic fumes are breathed. It may lead to seizures, shortness of breath, and many other harmful impacts on the body.
Making A Chemical Injury Claim
A personal injury lawyer at Injury Claims In Scotland 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.
How Much Compensation for Chemical Injury?
The exact amount of compensation for chemical injury depends on the severity and extent of your injuries as well as your actual financial losses, better referred to as General Damages and Special Damages.
Concerning General Damages (pain and suffering), the Judicial College guidelines currently suggest the degree of compensation for burn injuries (including chemical burns) are as follows:
For significant burns that cover 40% or more of the body, compensation will probably exceed £89,440.
Very severe facial scarring – £25,000 to £80,000
Less severe facial scarring – £15,000 to £40,000
Significant facial scarring – £8000 to £26,000
Less significant facial scarring – £3,500 to £12,000
Minor facial scarring – £1,500 to £3,000
Damage to hair – £3,500 to £10,000
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
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.