Heavy metal poisoning claims
When working in an industrial environment such as a lab, warehouse, or factory there is the possibility of coming into contact with toxic substances such as lead or arsenic in the production process.
Most manufacturing plants will, at the very least, include some form of heavy metal such as copper and aluminium.
If the body makes contact with these chemicals through non-protected touch, ingestion, or inhalation, then this could create a toxic build-up in the body. Depending upon the extent to which a certain chemical has made contact with the body, the damage that can be done will vary. Call our team on 0800 808 9740 to discuss your circumstances or get in touch online to request a call-back.
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What are the Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning?
If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, then you may be suffering from heavy metal poisoning and should seek medical attention immediately:
- Skin itchiness and redness
- Muscle twitching
- Sleep problems and fatigue
- Joint pain
- Stomach problems
- Certain chemical poisonings can also cause symptoms of anxiety and/or depression
When seeking medical attention, you should inform your doctor that you have been exposed to chemicals, specifically which ones if possible, so that they can make a thorough diagnosis and properly help you recover.
There are health and safety precautions that all workers and lab technicians should adhere to when working with heavy metals, such as wearing gloves and ensuring that all hazardous containers are labelled correctly.
The Control of Substances and Hazardous to Health Regulations form part of the procedures that are set by the Health and Safety Executive, regulations that are applicable to all employees who handle and encounter substances and potentially hazardous chemicals. Your employer must ensure that these regulations are followed while at work, such as providing you with the correct safety equipment – such as goggles if necessary as well as the correct amount of breaks and ventilation.
You may be able to claim compensation for your injuries resulting from heavy metal poisoning if you can prove that the contact with the substance was due to employer negligence. For example, if your employer did not provide the proper training about how to handle heavy metals and other potentially harmful substances, this could result in a claim.
Making a Heavy Metal Exposure Claim
The compensation that is awarded for a heavy metal exposure claim will take into account the extent of your injuries and the suffering/impact that they have had in your life, as well as if you have incurred a loss of earnings due to an inability to work. If you have had to pay any extra costs such as travel expenses to visit treatment centres, then this could also be reimbursed through compensation. It is useful to keep a record of any costs relating to your injuries and treatment.
Accident Claims with First Personal Injury
Chemical substances can also commonly cause burns as well as poisoning, therefore if you think you might have experienced a burn due to coming into contact with a hazardous chemical it is important to seek medical attention and contact a personal injury solicitor to help process your accident and injury claims compensation.
First Personal Injury works with a wide variety of clients across England and Wales to get them the compensation that they deserve.