Compensation Claims for Toluene Related Diseases
Making a claim for the contraction of diseases related to toluene
Toluene is a water-insoluble liquid that has no colour and it is what gives paint thinners their distinctive smell. It is also used in paint, adhesives and in printing. Toluene becomes harmful when it is inhaled, although if it infiltrates water supplies or soil it can also be dangerous. Exposure to toluene is a serious health risk, possibly leading to dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, headaches, confusion, and chronic exposure can cause unconsciousness and even death. Prolonged low level contact can cause kidney and brain damage, memory loss, nervous disorders and, in pregnant women, birth defect to their offspring.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (1988) applies to the use of toluene, violation of which can leave a company with ill employees and compensation claims on their hands. If you are such an ill employee and wish to pursue a claim, you need to seek out professional medical opinion that can show how your suffering has been caused by toluene. Further to this you will also need to make sure that you can prove the negligence of your employer where they have a duty of care towards you. Mismanagement of toluene use would amount to this.
A successful claim will result in the payment of compensation to you for your illness. This is worked out according to two factors, one that considers your physical hurt and any impairment this has created to your life. The other that tries to draw you up to the monetary level you would have been at had you not been affected by toluene by un-drawing your purse strings and depositing the relevant sum therein. This will retrieve lost money spent on medical bills and endow you with income that never became yours due to your illness.
A solicitor’s aid and advice is the prudent direction to move in should you have been handed illness's sickly robe by toluene exposure.
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