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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

    Second-hand smoking: Do I have a claim?


    Employers are required by law to protect employees’ health and safety. This not only encompasses the prevention of accidents at work, but also the provision of a safe and healthy working environment. The detrimental effects of smoking and, of course, second-hand smoking have been well known for decades. If workers were subjected to daily second-hand smoke exposure, their employers effectively neglected their duty of care and protection. Subsequently, workers affected by passive smoking may qualify for work injury compensation.

    Possible effects of second-hand smoking

    Passive, or second-hand smoking has been linked to a variety of conditions including:

    • Strokes
    • Stomach Ulcers
    • Pneumonia
    • Infertility
    • Increased risk of colds and flu developing
    • Impotence
    • Heart Attacks
    • Heart Disease
    • Emphysema
    • Decreased sense of smell and taste
    • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
    • Bronchitis

    Being exposed to other people’s smoke can sometimes also be held responsible for cancer of the:

    • Bladder
    • Kidneys
    • Pancreas
    • Stomach

    In some instances, cervical , mouth and throat cancers have also been traced back to passive smoking.

    When passive smoking made you ill

    If you developed one of these conditions as a result of being continually exposed to smoking at work, you should make contact with Accident Advice Helpline. In the business of personal and industrial injury claims for 15 years, we can investigate your case and determine whether your employer has indeed been negligent.

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    What is involved

    This investigation will involve careful examination of every aspect, from the assessment of health and safety procedures to the examination of medical records, of your situation. It will also include an assessment of:

    • How the exposure and subsequent work-related illness is currently affecting your life
    • What potential emotional, financial or physical consequences  there may be for you in the long term
    • What future expenses or needs may arise

    By gathering this information, our experienced, highly skilled in-house solicitors aim to ensure that the industrial injury compensation you ultimately receive reflects the undue suffering and damage you have to live with fairly.

    What to expect

    How much you will receive for your work injury or how long it will take for your claim to be successfully completed can not be predicted with certainty. This is due to the fact that every case is subject to different surrounding circumstances. At best, you may be given a rough estimate on how long the matter will take to resolve or how much you are likely to receive in the end. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.

    Date Published: February 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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