Contaminated soil poisoning claims


Updated: October 8, 2018

Soil contamination can occur in a number of ways, not all of which may give rise to a compensation claim.

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Old industrial sites can contain soil contaminated with chemicals such as asbestos, and agricultural soils can become contaminated with pesticides. If members of the public are exposed to the harmful chemicals within the soil, people may fall ill or sustain injury.

In some cases, it can be difficult to identify the cause of historic contamination, and therefore who may be liable to pay injury compensation. In cases of more recent contamination, establishing liability can be more straightforward, but can still require investigation.

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Soil contamination and exposure

Individuals are most commonly exposed to contaminated soil through work. Industrial workers or agricultural workers may come in to contact with contaminated soil if they are not provided with the correct Personal Protective Equipment. The public may also come in to contact with contaminated soil if harmful chemicals are not disposed of or treated correctly and leak into the soil.

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Soil contamination and illness

Those exposed to contaminated soil may fall ill as a result. Common symptoms include:

Long-term effects of soil contamination can include:

  • Cancer
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease
  • Reproductive problems including infertility
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Do I have a claim for contaminated soil poisoning?

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If you have suffered any of the above effects as a result of exposure to contaminated soil, you may have grounds to make a compensation claim. If you were exposed to the contaminated soil through your job, the work-related illness claim would be made against your employer. Claims are in most cases paid by the employer's insurance company rather than the employer themselves.

If you were exposed to contaminated soil in other circumstances, your solicitor will need to find out who is responsible in order to make the claim. If the contamination occurred as the result of an illegal dumping of industrial waste, or if the soil was contaminated many years ago, your solicitor will advise on how to proceed.

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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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