Chemical Exposure.

Chemical Exposure Injury Claim Solicitors.

Those who work with hazardous chemicals are at an increased risk of suffering from a serious injury or illness, such as chemical burns, inhalation, or ingestion.

All employers have a duty of care to ensure their employees can carry out their jobs as safely as possible by ensuring they are adequately trained and are provided with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with hazardous substances.

When chemicals are handled incorrectly, or the worker is not using the correct PPE, they can potentially lead to long term respiratory problems, serious eye injuries, damage to your internal organs, skin problems like dermatitis, and some chemicals can even cause cancer when a person is over-exposed to them.

If you have been injured or have developed a serious illness after exposure to hazardous chemicals at work, or in a public place, we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve. In order for your claim to be successful we must be able to prove that somebody, i.e. your employer, owed you a duty of care, that they breached their duty, i.e. by failing to provide appropriate PPE, and that their breach caused you to suffer.

Here at Lanyon Bowdler we understand that no amount of compensation can ever truly make up for what you have endured. However, our empathetic and knowledgeable team of personal injury solicitors will strive to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, helping you to rebuild your life and heal from your ordeal. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our team will be happy to answer your questions.

Show More

What is a Chemical Exposure Injury?

A chemical exposure injury can occur when you come into contact with a hazardous substance, either by ingestion, inhalation, eye contact, or skin contact, in a large one-off quantity, or small amounts over a prolonged period. Some of the most common irritants include acids, solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals, and the severity of a chemical injury can vary as different people react to chemicals in different ways.

Exposure to chemicals most commonly occurs in the workplace, but it can also happen in the home, for example when using cleaning products, solvents, or paints. It is also possible for people to be exposed to harmful chemicals in the environment, for example by consuming contaminated water or being exposed to air pollution.

Some of the industries most at risk of chemical exposure injuries, and the type of chemicals used, include:

  • Agriculture – fertilisers and pesticides
  • Beauty – acrylics, ammonia, and cosmetic products
  • Cleaning – corrosive cleaning chemicals
  • Engineering – metalworking fluids and fumes
  • Printing – solvent vapours and corrosive substances
  • Vehicle repair – brake fluid, lubricants, fuel, battery acid

This list isn’t exhaustive, and if you currently work in a job that involves regular exposure to chemicals, or if you have worked in such a role previously, and you have developed an illness or injury as a result of chemical exposure, please get in touch. Our specialist team of personal injury solicitors have the experience and expertise to ensure you are fully compensated for the suffering you have endured, whilst helping you on your road to recovery.

Show More

Our Chemical Injury Claims Expertise

Lanyon Bowdler is a specialist firm of Personal Injury Solicitors with years of experience supporting clients in work injury claims, including those involving crushing. Our expertise in this field is recognised by national organisations, peers, and clients across the UK.

Legal 500 Recommendations

The Personal Injury Team is recognised in Tier Two for the West Midlands in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which states: ‘The entire team is client focussed and will not hesitate to go the extra mile even if the costs of doing the same are not recoverable’.

Testimonials

The 2024 edition of The Legal 500 includes the following testimonials:

‘This team have wide ranging skills and provide a very good service. They have a very personal touch with their clients. They are very approachable and supportive‘.

‘The team at Lanyon Bowdler are very easy to talk to and are always there to help when needed. No question went unanswered’.

‘They actually listened and go through everything thoroughly explaining any jargon’.

Work Highlights from Legal 500

The 2024 of The Legal 500 includes the following work highlights:

Acted for a claimant who was injured during the course of his employment after falling down a stairwell void. This resulted in him sustaining life changing brain injury involving 47 fractures to the right temporal bone and organic injury to the frontal lobe. Awaiting a pathways meeting and case is still ongoing.

Acting for a claimant who had worked at the same company for 18 years and sustained stress-related injuries. This matter is of significant importance to the client, as he thought he had a job for life with the company, before being forced out, also medical evidence indicates it is unlikely he will be able to return to an employed role, though he has recently set up his own small business.

Chambers UK 2024

Chambers UK 2024 rank the department in Band One in the Midlands and states ‘Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors is a leading Shropshire firm advising on an extensive breadth of personal injury cases, including high-value RTA and accident-at-work claims. The firm is particularly experienced in acting for clients with spinal and cerebral injuries. The team is skilled in handling military cases and accidents abroad. It also works alongside clinical negligence and Court of Protection teams to fully support clients’.

Strengths

“The Lanyon Bowdler team are very competent at handling complex cases.”

“A dedicated team who are all specialists in their field.”

“The group does brilliant work for their clients.”

Our Notable Practitioners

Dawn Humphries handles a wide range of orthopaedic and spinal injury claims. She is active on an array of personal injury cases, including those relating to workplace accidents and RTAs.

“She is very thorough, extremely welcoming and understanding.”

“Dawn is knowledgeable, experienced and good with claimants.”

Debbie Humphries is highlighted for her experience in handling a full range of severe injury matters, including motor incidents and accidents at work.

“She has an excellent reputation.”

What are the different types of Chemical Exposure Injuries?

The type of chemical exposure injury you suffer will typically depend on the type of chemical to which you were exposed, what part of your body was exposed, and your sensitivity to that particular chemical. Some of the most common types of chemical exposure injuries include:

  • Respiratory problems – Inhaling certain chemicals can cause irritation to the airways, leading to coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, and in severe cases it can also lead to lung damage or pneumonia.
  • Skin burns – When certain chemicals come into contact with the skin it can cause a chemical burn, which can lead to pain, redness, swelling, and blistering, and may cause long term skin problems like dermatitis.
  • Eye injuries – If a hazardous chemical enters the eye, it can cause symptoms like pain, redness, watering, and problems with vision, and can even lead to permanent loss of vision.
  • Nervous system issues – Exposure to chemicals can cause damage to the nervous system, leading to symptoms like headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and nausea, and in severe cases it can even cause seizures, induce a coma, or be fatal.

Your Chemical Exposure Claims Questions Answered

What are the common symptoms of Chemical Exposure?

The symptoms of a chemical exposure injury will typically vary depending on the type of chemical that you were exposed to, and the way in which you were exposed. For example, ingesting a hazardous chemical will cause your body to exhibit different symptoms than if that same chemical is inhaled or spilled onto the skin.

Some of the common signs and symptoms associated with chemical exposure injuries include:

  • Skin redness/irritation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Eye irritation/weeping
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of consciousness

If you experience any of these symptoms, or any other worrying signs, after being exposed to a hazardous chemical, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. If your injury was caused due to somebody else’s negligence, we can help you to seek compensation once your treatment is underway and you’re feeling well enough to cope with the legal case.

What are the long term implications of a Chemical Injury?

Some chemical injuries may heal fully, allowing the individual to move on with their lives relatively unscathed. However, some injuries caused by exposure to chemicals can have long lasting effects and can lead to the individual developing an illness or condition ranging from mild to severe and life changing.

Some of the potential long-term complications that can arise from a chemical exposure injury include:

  • Skin problems like dermatitis and eczema
  • A minor rash or skin irritation/redness
  • Extremely irritated, cracked, or blistered skin
  • Areas of black, dead skin, or necrosis
  • Pain or numbness in the affected part of the body
  • Blurred vision or partial/complete loss of sight
  • Respiratory problems like asthma or emphysema
  • Chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD)
  • Urinary tract problems like infections or bladder cancer
  • Organ damage that leads to cancer e.g. liver, kidney
  • Nervous system problems such as Parkinson’s disease

Sometimes a chemical injury may seem superficial at first, but the problems listed above can develop many months or even years after your initial accident. For example, lung disease can take a long time to develop after being exposed to whichever chemical caused it. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there are approximately 12000 deaths from lung disease each year which are linked to past exposure to a chemical at work.

What are some of the most common Chemicals Associated with injury?

There are a wide range of chemicals used across a variety of different industries in the UK, but some of the ones most commonly associated with a risk of chemical exposure injuries include:

  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Chlorine
  • Cobalt
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Latex
  • Mercury
  • Metal inert and active gases
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
  • Silica
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Solvents
  • Sulphuric Acid

This list is not exhaustive, and there are many other chemicals that you may be exposed to depending on the industry in which you work and the type of job that you do.

What protection from Chemical Injury should I have been given?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 your employer has a legal obligation to protect you from harm in the workplace as far as is reasonably possible. When your line of work involves the use of hazardous chemicals, your employer must also ensure that all employees are informed of all potential hazards, what the workplace exposure limit is, and the results of any exposure monitoring that is carried out on site. Your employer should also ensure that all employees are fully trained in the accident and emergency protocols of the workplace.

Workplaces that handle hazardous substances must also adhere to the legislation set out in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). This involves your employer carrying out a risk assessment to ensure that all potential risks are identified, and actions are taken to minimise the chances of harm occurring. One of the key ways to minimise the potential harm that can be caused by chemical exposure is to provide employees with appropriate PPE, including overalls, gloves, goggles, protective footwear, goggles, face protection, hazmat suits, and respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

Your employer owes you a duty of care to ensure that the PPE and RPE with which you are provided is appropriate for the job. For example, if you are working with a chemical in liquid form, fabric gloves won’t be adequate as they are porous, therefore neoprene gloves are much more suitable. If your employer has failed in their duty of care, and you have either been provided with inadequate PPE, or no PPE at all, and you have sustained a chemical injury as a result, we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve.

Testimonials

What our clients say.

Contacted Lanyon Bowdler six months after an injury at work. They offered me several of their services, including no win no fee which I ended up choosing. The solicitor was extremely helpful, was always keeping me updated when there was news and answered promptly when asked for any updates or when I asked any questions. I was very happy with the final settlement and the advice I received proved to be the best for my case. I felt like the extra bit of care was extended to give me a good idea of the options I had to choose from which really helped to inform any decision.

Matthew
via ReviewSolicitors

From my initial approach to the final positive outcome I felt my solicitor was expending all his energy to win the case. I was kept informed throughout and was given straightforward advice on how to proceed. The end result was an acceptable outcome and the pay-out was prompt.

Eric
via ReviewSolicitors

Very friendly and quick to respond, highly recommend for anyone looking for legal advice.

Anonymous
via ReviewSolicitors

I couldn’t be happier with the service I have received over the past six years. I would highly recommend Lanyon Bowdler for legal requirements.

Jayne
via ReviewSolicitors

Since dealing with Lanyon Bowdler they have been diligent, efficient and at all times very helpful along with being structured in dealing with matters, fees and clarity on all levels. Thank you.

Michael
via ReviewSolicitors

I was clearly informed of progress step by step. The service you provided was very good.

Peter Weston
Shrewsbury

All work carried out effectively and efficiently.

Hubert Jones
via ReviewSolicitors

An excellent service with solicitors that you can talk to and who give you a clear understanding of all necessary legal implications and interpretations.

Eric
via ReviewSolicitors

From start to finish we had excellent service. Friendly, approachable and professional.

Carl Gittins
via ReviewSolicitors

Very clear, concise advice and guidance, easy to understand.

Ian Jamieson
Telford

Good service provided throughout with clear communication throughout with all options explored.

Lee

I can thoroughly recommend the highly professional and supportive service received over the last few months.

Heather
via ReviewSolicitors

Responsive, supportive, approachable, clear and empathetic.

Lisa Thacker

Professional and prompt communication. Supportive and client focused.

Lisa Thacker
Jennifer M Whittall Ltd

Whenever I have had need to contact Lanyon Bowdler I have always received a fast, concise and friendly response.

Lee Mortimer
UK Case Management

Definitely would use Lanyon Bowdler again if I need the use of a solicitor.

Mark Bowkett
via ReviewSolicitors

Smooth and efficient service from very professional firm.

Tim
via ReviewSolicitors

We were particularly impressed with the quality of work, the speed and excellent communication.

Allenby Douglas Ltd
Oswestry

Very friendly and approachable. Very good advice

Ivor Brown
via ReviewSolicitors

Great Service; Lanyon Bowdler were excellent from the outset. Straightforward and easy process. I just sat back and waited.

Paul Rowe
via ReviewSolicitors

Everything has been professional, efficient and courteous throughout and we are very pleased, both with the service and with the eventual outcome of our case. Everything was first class and exceeded our expectations. Thank you again for providing such splendid service. It is really appreciated.

Mr N J & Dr S J Browne
Llanfyllin

Contact our Chemical Exposure Injury Solicitors

If you are experiencing any of these problems or conditions and you were involved in a chemical accident, or exposed to hazardous chemicals over a period of time, you may be able to claim compensation.

Even if the initial incident occurred many years ago, the statute of limitations can begin from the date at which you become aware that your current state of health is related to your past exposure to chemicals.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you have a valid claim, please do get in touch and our experienced and friendly Personal Injury Lawyers will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

Lanyon Bowdler has offices in ShrewsburyBromyardHerefordLudlowOswestryTelford, and Conwy in North Wales.

We are one of the most recognised firms of solicitors in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham, and the Midlands, synonymous with excellence. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

As a leading law firm, we regularly act for clients on Work Injury Claims, including those involuving crushing injuries. We can represent you wherever you live in England or Wales.

Our people

Meet the team.

Dawn Humphries
Dawn Humphries
Partner
Personal Injury
Debbie Humphries
Debbie Humphries
Partner
Personal Injury
Phillip Roberts
Phillip Roberts
Partner
Personal Injury
Isabella Drummond
Isabella Drummond
Paralegal Apprentice
Personal Injury | Medical Negligence
Lauren McCarthy
Lauren McCarthy
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Helen Gale
Helen Gale
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Kelly Gibbons
Kelly Gibbons
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Claudia Booth
Claudia Booth
Trainee Solicitor
Personal Injury
Amy Burgoyne
Amy Burgoyne
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Karen Clarke
Karen Clarke
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Personal Injury
Phyllis Smith
Phyllis Smith
Senior Litigation Assistant
Personal Injury
Alexander Spanner
Alexander Spanner
Solicitor
Personal Injury
Sophie Speirs
Sophie Speirs
Trainee Solicitor
Personal Injury
Morgan Thompson
Morgan Thompson
Legal Assistant
Personal Injury
Cameron Petch
Cameron Petch
Paralegal Apprentice
Personal Injury
Jo Kneller
Jo Kneller
Solicitor
Personal Injury
Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin
Costs Draftsman
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Mandy Mason
Mandy Mason
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Personal Injury
Jane Miles
Jane Miles
Associate Solicitor
Personal Injury
Andrew Morris
Andrew Morris
Trainee Costs Draftsman
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Miriam Homer
Miriam Homer
Solicitor
Personal Injury
David Hughes
David Hughes
Costs Manager
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Knowledge

Case studies.

Case Study
Grass in sunlight

Injuries Sustained to Non Dominant Ring Finger

The claimant worked for a firm of solicitors and sustained injuries to her non dominant ring finger when using a ladder ...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

Damages Awarded After Claimant Fell From Ladder

The claimant fractured his neck after falling from a ladder whilst spraying a wasp’s nest through a long lance and wea...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

Claimant Awarded £1m After Work Accident

The claimant required major reconstructive surgery and extensive rehabilitation. The claimant suffered complete loss of ...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

£5,000 for Work Shoulder Injury

The claimant had not received training from his employers in the use of the truck, nor in manual handling....
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

£1m for Claimant Blinded at Work

The Serious Injury Claim settlement made provision for the fact the claimant suffered complete loss of earnings capacity...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Leaves in the shade

Falling Machinery Causes Accident at Work

As the piece of machinery was being laid down to a horizontal position, the weight overcame all involved causing the mac...
28 Jul 2023
Knowledge

Latest knowledge.

Case Study
Grass in sunlight

Injuries Sustained to Non Dominant Ring Finger

The claimant worked for a firm of solicitors and sustained injuries to her non dominant ring finger when using a ladder ...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

Damages Awarded After Claimant Fell From Ladder

The claimant fractured his neck after falling from a ladder whilst spraying a wasp’s nest through a long lance and wea...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

Claimant Awarded £1m After Work Accident

The claimant required major reconstructive surgery and extensive rehabilitation. The claimant suffered complete loss of ...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

£5,000 for Work Shoulder Injury

The claimant had not received training from his employers in the use of the truck, nor in manual handling....
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Lanyon Bowdler case study icon

£1m for Claimant Blinded at Work

The Serious Injury Claim settlement made provision for the fact the claimant suffered complete loss of earnings capacity...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
Leaves in the shade

Falling Machinery Causes Accident at Work

As the piece of machinery was being laid down to a horizontal position, the weight overcame all involved causing the mac...
28 Jul 2023
Blog

Could Jurassic Park Be Held Liable?

I thought to celebrate the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I would look at the responsibility Jurassic P...
Dawn Humphries • 13 Jun 2018
Accreditations

Our awards and accolades.

Contact us

Get in touch.

"*" indicates required fields

TOS*
Hidden
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.