Few people will probably have ever heard of benzene, much less know what it is or where it can be found. However if you have ever been in a position to experience benzene poisoning you will certainly know a lot more about it and the effect it can have on your health.
So what can you expect? Well, benzene is quite often used in various industrial processes. It is found in crude oil, not in liquid format but as a vapour. This means it can be inhaled very easily indeed. It has many benefits to being used industrially but it should also be used with great care, particularly with regard to the people who are exposed to it.
How can benzene poisoning be prevented?
Your employer must make sure you are not in any danger of experiencing benzene poisoning. They must be sure you cannot inhale it in any situation and must therefore, provide appropriate personal protective equipment to make sure this does not happen. Ventilation must also be looked at to make sure there is no chance of any benzene being in the air where someone could inhale it.
Benzene poisoning compensation is available for those who have unfortunately been poisoned by this vapour. In severe cases people can die from inhaling large quantities of the vapour, which would mean their relatives could make a claim on their behalf. However, there are many cases where people are made ill through inhalation of benzene. Although they survive, other conditions such as leukaemia and aplastic anaemia can develop.
Knowing how to make a benzene poisoning compensation claim
Once you know you have been exposed to benzene, it is wise to get emergency medical advice. This could prevent you from becoming ill. You should also seek legal advice regarding a compensation claim, since you may find you have the opportunity to make such a claim.
Once you have received medical advice and treatment, your next phone call should be to the team working at Accident Advice Helpline. We have a 24/7 free enquiry line you can use to make sure you get in touch easily without cost when you have to. Use it now on 0800 689 0500 and see whether you can get any amount of compensation as a result of being exposed to benzene in your workplace. It makes sense to get the answers.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead