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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming for chemical burns suffered in schools

    Schools have a duty of care towards students, teachers and other staff to prevent accidental injuries. This includes preventing chemical burns. Victims of chemical burns suffered in schools could be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation for their injuries.

    Causes of chemical burns suffered in schools

    Chemical burns suffered in schools can be caused by all kinds of substances, including:

    • Substances used during chemistry lessons
    • Cleaning materials

    To prevent personal injuries, hazardous chemicals must be stored and used according to safety regulations/instructions and, in the case of students, under supervision only.

    Symptoms of chemical burns

    Symptoms of chemical burns depend on whether a burn was caused by skin contact, inhalation or swallowing. The symptoms of skin contact with harmful substances may include:

    • Dead or blackened skin
    • Reddening, irritation or burning
    • Pain and/or numbness

    If chemicals get into your eyes, they could cause changes in or loss of vision. If chemicals were swallowed, symptoms may consist of:

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    • Coughing, dizziness and/or headaches
    • Irregular heartbeat and/or low blood pressure
    • Muscle twitches, seizures and/or shortness of breath

    In some cases, swallowing toxic chemicals may lead to heart attacks or cardiac arrest.

    Affected by chemical burns

    If you were injured by chemicals at your school, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim if:

    • Your chemical burn was caused by someone else – incorrect storage of chemicals or misuse/incorrect use of chemicals by another person, for instance
    • You suffered your injury within the past 36 months

    One of the first steps towards successfully claiming for compensation is to establish who is liable for your injury.


    In cases of chemical burns suffered in schools, liability could be held by the school’s governing body, cleaning staff, teachers or other students. We, Accident Advice Helpline, can assist you in establishing who is liable for your chemical burn.

    Our nationwide legal team

    We have a nationwide team of solicitors with more than 15 years’ experience in handling claims related to chemical burns at schools. Enjoying an impressive track record, we can help you secure the compensation you are entitled to.

    Get advice

    If you think you may have a claim, get confidential, no-obligation advice. Get a solicitor with years of experience in handling claims like yours to be assigned to your case today. The freephone number to call is 0800 689 0500 if you are using a UK landline to make the call or 0333 500 0993 if you are calling from a mobile.

    Date Published: March 9, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice


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