Exposure to toxic chemicals, whether at work, in the home, or out in public, can have a severe health impacts. Depending on the nature of the exposure, and the effects it has had on your life, it’s possible that you may have a claim for compensation under Australian law.
Shine Lawyers are chemical exposure claims experts who operate on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay our legal services unless we win your claim at the end. As part of our service offering, the first consultation is obligation free, meaning you can find out your rights quickly and easily before progressing anything through the justice system.
The video below provides a simple, step-by-step guide to bringing a claim for compensation with Shine Lawyers, so you know what to expect from the legal process:
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Common questions about Chemical Exposure Claims
Symptoms for poisoning due to chemical exposure can vary wildly depending on the nature of the exposure and the chemical in question. Some chemicals like chlorine and phosgene, affect the respiratory system which can produce shortness of breath, wheezing and serious complications like asphyxiation. Whilst other chemicals like nerve agents or venom can affect the nervous system, with symptoms such as paralysis. It really depends on the chemical.
Symptoms can be, but are not limited to:
- Strange odour on breath
- Strange odour on clothes or body
- Strange stains on clothes or body
- Abdominal pain
- Chest tightness
- Sudden behaviour changes
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
- Oral irritation
- Respiratory irritation
- Twitching muscles
- Blurred vision
- Breathing difficulty
- Rapid pulse
- Flushed skin
- Yellow skin
- Watery eyes
- Narrowed pupils
If you are experiencing any discomfort at all and feel as though you may have been exposed to toxic chemicals, seek expert medical help as soon as possible to ensure you get the treatment and care you require. Self-diagnosis is especially hard because the range of toxic chemicals and the various effects they can have on a person varies wildly.
If you believe you have been exposed to toxic chemicals it’s important you follow the correct procedures in your workplace first and foremost. Seeking medical help as early as possible.
To comply with the workplace health and safety regulations, monitoring of workplace contaminant levels for chemicals with exposure standards may be carried out where:
- There is uncertainty surrounding the levels of exposure in the workplace
- There is concern that the level of exposure has been exceeded, or
- If it is necessary to determine whether there is a health risk.
The records of monitoring airborne contaminants must be kept legally for a minimum of thirty years, and must be made available to workers who are exposed.
Assessing whether or not you have a claim is hard without knowing the facts of your situation. There are many things at play that govern whether or not you have a claim. If you suspect you have been exposed to harmful chemicals and/or have been diagnosed with chemical poisoning, a lawyer will be able to tell if you have a claim after knowing more about you and the circumstances of your case.
- Medical expenses
- Hospital expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Travelling expenses
- Return to work services
- Paid or unpaid home care
- Death compensation claims
What you can claim for really depends on your situation, so it’s best to speak to a lawyer who can give you an accurate assessment of your rights.
Each chemical exposure claim is different so it’s hard to say exactly how long a claim may take to resolve, typically it can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months for a claim to be resolved. There are exceptions to this though – it just depends on the nature of your case.
Contact a lawyer to find out your rights and ability to make a claim at your earliest convenience to ensure your opportunity to claim is not lost due to a missed time limit.
Most people making chemical exposure compensation legal claims choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyers can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide a case to a successful outcome.
The legal costs themselves depend on the work required to get you compensation. A lawyer will be able to give you an idea of legal costs once they know more about your situation and the complexity of your case.
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