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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

    True or False? Smog doesn’t pose a danger to your health


    Predominantly caused by air pollution, smog is a mixture of fog (water vapour) and smoke, ground level ozone, dust and other pollutants in the shape of fine particles. As such, severe smog can have a devastating effect on plant and animal life, as well as potentially posing a danger to your health.

    Effects of smog

    When a town or city is covered in smog, its effects and danger to your health almost immediately become apparent. Smog has the capacity to cause anything from minor chest pain or eye irritations to lung cancer and other fatal pulmonary diseases, as well as colds, inflammation of lung tissue, pneumonia and asthma attacks.

    Those particularly at risk of being severely affected by smog include children, the elderly and people with existing respiratory or heart problems. The statement ‘Smog doesn’t pose a danger to your health’ is therefore definitely false.

    Other things posing a danger to your health

    Smog is not the only thing that can pose a danger to your health. Prolonged exposure to toxic fumes or harmful substances (like asbestos, for example) at work can cause an array of serious, potentially deadly work-related illnesses. Accidents at work suddenly releasing massive quantities of such fumes or substances can equally cause many debilitating and fatal industrial diseases.

    Your right as an employee

    If you developed a work-related condition as a result of prolonged or sudden, work accident-related exposure to toxic or otherwise harmful substances, you could be entitled to make a work injury claim.

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    When to claim

    Acute injuries at work like cuts, broken limbs, and so on, must be claimed for within three years of the workplace  accident causing the injuries. Industrial conditions often take years to develop, so even if an illness was originally caused by a workplace accident, claims must be initiated within three years of the condition being diagnosed.

    How to claim

    Claiming for industrial injury compensation invariably makes it necessary to engage the services of an injury lawyer. Unlike claims management companies, we, Accident Advice Helpline, do not pass your claim on to someone else, but have a member of our own nationwide legal team deal with it under a conditional fee agreement.

    Our solicitors

    Backed by our combined experience of over 15 years as a law firm specialising in work injury claims, our in-house team of  solicitors has an outstanding success record. Increase your chances of successfully claiming for compensation by calling us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, and enlisting our experts’ help today.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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