Can I Claim Compensation for Chemical and Particulate Related Illnesses?

Woman wearing face mask because of air pollution in the city

Exposure to toxic chemicals and dangerous particulates at work, in the home or out in public, can cause severe health problems. Depending on the nature of the exposure and how it has affected your life, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. The risks involved with certain particulates and dusts like asbestos are well known. Unfortunately, it can take many years before any symptoms appear.

Workers in a variety of industries can be exposed to dangerous chemicals and particulates. In Australia, there are workplace health and safety standards that require businesses to adhere to strict laws. This includes requirements of protective gear, legal concentration limits of toxic chemicals and guidelines to minimise exposure.

Particulate Related Illnesses

While asbestos-related diseases are the most common particulate related illnesses that people claim compensation for, there are a variety of other airborne particles that can have a serious impact on health. These illnesses include:

  • Aluminosis
  • Berylliosis
  • Black lung
  • Byssinosis
  • Farmer’s Lung
  • Hard Metal Pneumoconiosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Silicosis
  • Silico-tuberculosis

Once symptoms appear, these illnesses can progress quickly and are often life threatening. This makes it essential to seek medical treatment immediately and initiate claims as soon as possible. If you develop a disease due to particulate exposure in the workplace, you may be entitled to claim compensation to help access the medical support you require.

Toxic Chemical Exposure

Long term contact with industrial, cleaning, agricultural or veterinary chemicals and short-term exposure to toxic chemical spills can have a devastating health impact. Chemical poisoning can occur when toxic chemicals are inhaled, swallowed or when they come in contact with the skin. Whether the effects are immediate, or appear after prolonged exposure over a number of years, chemical poisoning can result in chronic disease, injury, disability, pain and suffering.

If you develop an illness as a result of chemical poisoning while in the workplace, at home or in public, you may be able to make a claim for compensation under some circumstances, such as if you were exposed due to the negligence of another party. This can include a failure to implement a safety policy properly in the workplace or a chemical producer failing to adequately assess and warn users of the danger of using their products.

Need Advice for a Worker’s Compensation in Queensland?

If you have developed a disease or illness due to exposure in the workplace, you should contact an experienced compensation lawyer to evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible for compensation. The process of making a claim is complex and time consuming, so it is ideal to act quickly.

If you need a qualified lawyer in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, get in touch with the team at Dwyer Law Group. We have more than 30 years of experience dealing with a variety of claims for compensation. Contact us online or call us on 07 5610 5277 and ask about our ‘No Win, No Fee’ policy.

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