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Home > Personal Injury > Harmful Substances > Benzene Poisoning

Benzene Poisoning

Exposure to benzene will cause acute effects at high doses, including headache, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, loss of consciousness and death if the exposure is sufficient and sustained. In smaller regular doses it will can cause a variety of serious injuries or illnesses. These can include damage to the nervous system, and an increased risk of aplastic anaemia and leukaemia.

Benzene has been found in industry in various forms. It has been used as a solvent in adhesives and paint removers, in the rubber and shoe industries and in plastic and explosives manufacture. The use of benzene is however now strictly controlled

If exposure occurs at work, there are a number of regulations which can apply, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

If you think you have been exposed to benzene or a related substance, early medical intervention is essential.

If you are unlucky enough to suffer an illness, disease or injury as a result such exposure, it is possible that you may be able to bring a claim for damages, otherwise known as compensation.

Detailed evidence will be necessary to establish that the exposure you suffered is capable of causing the injury complained of, that it did in fact cause your injury, that there was a foreseeable risk of such injury occurring and that the person or body responsible was negligent or in breach of statutory duty in allowing or causing the leak or discharge to occur. This will require a considerable body of expert evidence from technical experts in different fields.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

At Clear Answers we have lawyers who have experience of landmark litigation for exposure to chemicals.

They will give you expert legal advice and have access to a nationwide panel of experts to assist bring your claim in the most effective manner possible.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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