When we think about someone being burned, we tend to automatically think of burns caused by fire. However as you might guess, this is not the only way you can receive burns of some kind. You can also be burned by chemicals, since some of them react in such a way with the skin to make this a possibility.
Chemical burns tend to happen in certain industrial settings. Given the right health and safety procedures however, they can usually be prevented. There is a specific set of regulations, the Dangerous Substances Regulations 2002, which relate to the use of such substances in the workplace.
Any employer who uses substances like this in the workplace has a duty of care to ensure they are used in the proper manner, so no employee is put in any danger of sustaining burns from them.
Could you claim chemical burns compensation?
If your job requires you to work with chemicals or you come into contact with them in some way, your employer must make sure you are not in any danger from being burned or otherwise harmed by them. This might mean issuing you with proper protective equipment. As such, even if the chemical is spilled on you, your protective equipment will take the brunt of it and you will remain safe.
You may also expect to receive proper training to ensure you know how to handle such chemicals and how to store them. If this training is not provided and you receive a chemical burn, your employer could once again be found negligent. Thankfully employers on the whole recognise the importance of their responsibilities in these areas, and follow them diligently.
How long ago did you receive chemical burns?
Your burns must have happened within the last three years in order for you to seek chemical burns compensation. They do not need to be severe in nature, although you should have sought medical attention for them to have a chance of winning compensation.
On the other hand, chemical burns can be quite serious in many cases, causing both physical and mental damage that can be hard to heal.
Call the team working for Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. With 15 years’ experience behind us, they may be able to assess your claim and provide ample support and no-obligation advice to steer you towards making a successful claim.
Date Published: September 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead