Benzene poisoning claims

Introduction

Updated: October 8, 2018

The World Health Organisation has declared that exposure to benzene is ?A major Public Health concern'. People are at risk of ingesting benzene in some working environments, and in their own homes. Industrial environments include those involved in the production of petroleum products and coal.

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Other working environments that can cause people to absorb benzene include factories that produce chemicals such as toluene.

Toluene is a chemical that is found in many hair dyes that are produced for use at home, so Benzene can make its way into the domestic environment. Tobacco smoke contains benzene. Therefore, if there is any tobacco smoking in the home or workplace, there is a high risk of exposure to Benzene. This is largely because Benzene enters the body through the air we breathe.

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What happens if you are poisoned by benzene?

The way that your body reacts to ingesting benzene is dependent on several variable factors. This includes:

  • The duration of exposure
  • The frequency of exposure: was it a single occasion or have you been at risk for some time?
  • Your general health prior to being poisoned, particularly any pre-existing weaknesses

A single incident in which you are exposed to a large amount of benzene can cause you to feel sick and disorientated. You might also find that you are suffering from a headache, and feeling generally exhausted.

If you have been inhaling benzene through the air in your working or home environment for a long period of time, there could be serious consequences for your long term health. The presence of benzene in the bloodstream interferes with blood cells. This can cause a variety of disorders, including anaemia and white blood cell abnormalities.

In general, breathing air that contains Benzene over time will stop the bone marrow from functioning properly. This can result in Leukaemia, a form of cancer which is debilitating and life threatening.

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What can you do to protect yourself against benzene poisoning?

At home, you should ensure that you limit exposure as much as possible, such as by avoiding smoking. If you are at risk of benzene poisoning at work, you should ensure that you use all the protective equipment provided, such as gloves and masks. Your employer is obliged to ensure you have access to the necessary protective equipment, and to ensure that it is maintained to meet safety requirements.

Your employer should also protect staff by means of undertaking regular risk assessments. This involves analysing exactly how tasks are completed, and identifying any potential safety concerns. If it is possible for a job to be made safer, the employer is obliged to make alterations as far as they are reasonably practicable.

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What action should you take if you think you have been poisoned by benzene?

If you are in any doubt about potential exposure to benzene, particularly over a sustained period of time, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. There is no medicinal cure for benzene poisoning, however, it is possible to improve your quality of life by treating your symptoms.

The efficacy of any treatment will be very much dependent on the individual, which highlights the importance of seeking the advice of qualified and experienced doctors.

Having started the process of managing the effects of being poisoned by benzene, you may start to consider whether or not you could pursue a claim for compensation. If you were exposed to this chemical at work, or in some other area over which you had no control, it is possible that you could have a case. The Quittance panel of solicitors can advise you further.

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A no win no fee arrangement ( known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is agreed between the claimant and a specialist injury solicitor.

A CFA is in essence the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for the claimant.

The agreement outlines what the lawyer will do as well as how they is rewarded if the legal case is won.

If you use Quittance for your benzene poisoning claim there are no hidden or extra costs , no up-front fees and the reassurance that you wont be out of pocket.

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How much compensation can I claim for benzene poisoning?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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