Surprisingly, in the UK, there are no laws against burning bonfires. There are, however, laws surrounding the effects of these bonfires, the nuisance and harm they are capable of causing. With this in mind, if your neighbours burn plastic, you may want to consider their liability for any bonfire-related illnesses you experience.
Can I claim for illness if my neighbours burn plastic?
Generally, at a well-governed bonfire, the greatest risk is slips, trips and falls around the spectating area. Yet when your neighbours burn plastic there are far more severe risks involved.
In the UK, you are not allowed to burn any domestic waste in your garden that can cause ill health for your neighbours or pollution. Although not explicitly stated, this covers burning many plastics.
This is especially true of halogenated plastics, made from chlorine or fluorine, which release toxic chemicals and thick black smoke when burnt. Inhaling such fumes can lead to poisoning and severe respiratory issues.
In the case that your neighbours burn plastic and you get sick, they have broken laws surrounding garden bonfire nuisance, and therefore can be held liable for the harm and distress you have endured. In such a case, you can claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for bonfire-related illnesses
As we have established, bonfire-related injuries and illnesses can be caused by far more complex issues than typical trips and falls.
In the event that you get sick when your neighbours burn plastic, you must seek immediate medical attention to ensure that your condition is not potentially fatal.
Once you have had time to recuperate, you should speak with a specialist advisor at Accident Advice Helpline. We offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury and illness.
During this consultation, we will assess the basis of your case. This will enable us to determine both where liability may lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with us
Whether you did suffer a trip, a fall, or bonfire poisoning, for more information, speak with one of our friendly advisors today.
Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.
Call us at a time suited to you on freephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice