Working in any sector, you always face the risk of experiencing accidents at work. From slips, trips and falls in corridors, to manual handling injuries and now BlackBerry thumb from the overuse of hand-held devices, no one is free from the risk.
Yet in some professions, work-related injury and illness can be far more critical than bumps and bruises. This is especially true for individuals who are exposed to lead in their profession.
What causes lead poisoning?
Occupational lead poisoning is commonly caused by frequent exposure to lead. This is unfortunately typical for individuals who work within industries than manufacture products that contain lead. These professions include, but are not limited to:
- Lead miners and smelters
- Construction workers
Professional artists can sometimes also suffer from this condition. As you may expect, this is not due to the ‘lead-like’ graphite within pencils, but the lead found in paints and pencil coatings, the latter of which can be ingested when pencils are sucked or chewed.
Exposure to lead can cause unpleasant symptoms such as sickness and headaches, however, once lead poisoning is sustained seizures, comas and even fatalities can occur.
Who is to blame for my condition?
If you believe that you have sustained lead poising, or any other ailment, due to tasks undertaken at work, you may feel frustrated and want to place blame for the harm you have suffered. In the case that you can prove you are not to blame, it may be that your employer is liable for your occupational illness or injury.
When at work, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety, when you sustain an ailment due to their negligence – be it intentional or an oversight – they could be held responsible. A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline can aid you in determining who is responsible for your work-related accident, and whether you have a case worth pursuing for personal injury compensation.
Support from Accident Advice Helpline
Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 14 years’ experience of dealing with personal injury claims for victims of work-related accidents. Their nationwide team works on a no win no fee* basis to recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 – or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile – for a free initial consultation regarding your accident at work, with no obligation to proceed with your claim.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice