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Home > Personal Injury > Harmful Substances > Soil Contamination

Soil Contamination

Exposure to dangerous substances including chemicals can occur as a result of soil contamination. This risk is most likely to occur when brownfield sites are developed without sufficient cleansing of the soil. An example might be where new buildings are erected on the site of industrial waste, for example asbestos. Proper soil vapour extraction will of course remove this risk.

Soil gas vapour may be emitted as a result of industrial contamination and can include dangerous chemicals such as TCE and PCE.

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 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.

If you believe that you are suffering an illness, disease or injury as a result of something in the environment, make sure that you seek medical advice and that your treating doctors are made aware of your belief/suspicion of the cause and keep details of all doctors visited and treatments, and for any injury related expenses.

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.

Clear Answers lawyers are experts in all aspects of personal injury work and in how to pursue claims for damages. They will be able to advise you whether a claim for damages is possible, give guidance and assistance on how the claim can be pursued and ensure that all the correct evidence is obtained to secure the best result for you.

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

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