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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Benzene poisoning

Benzene poisoning

Symptoms of exposure to benzene

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/illnesses. These can include damage to the nervous system, and an increased risk of aplastic anaemia and leukaemia.

To find out if Clear Answers' specialist industrial disease lawyers can help you make a claim for personal injury compensation, please select one of the links below.

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Chemical characteristics of benzene

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.

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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

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.

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Evidence of exposure to benzene

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.

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Personal injury news stories

Clear Answers personal injury solicitors deal with a large number of industrial disease compensation claims each year, including those resulting from negligent exposure to hazardous substances such as benzene.

Please visit our personal injury news section to view details of these stories and other successful personal injury compensation claims that Clear Answers’ solicitors have been involved in.

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Making a claim for personal injury compensation

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 claim advice and have access to a nationwide panel of experts to assist bring your claim in the most effective manner possible.

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

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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