At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Claiming for Exposure to Hazardous Substances

Hazard SignThousands of workers are killed or injured each year as a result of exposure to a hazardous substance.

From dermatitis to asthma to mesothelioma, uncontrolled exposure to hazardous substances can cause a variety of short term and long-term illnesses, with the severity highly dependent on the type of substance, the degree of exposure, and how long the victim was exposed. What's more, hazardous substances are found in all sorts of work environments. Offices and schools, for example, can contain asbestos in the ceilings and walls – a hidden killer that may go undetected for many years.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, there are various matters and substances considered to be hazardous to health. These include:

  • Chemicals
  • Products producing chemicals
  • Fumes
  • Dusts
  • Vapours
  • Mists
  • Nanotechnology
  • Gases and asphyxiating gases
  • Biological agents

How are hazardous substances in the workplace controlled?

In order to protect workers from the risks posed by hazardous substances, the Government has over the years imposed a variety of requirements on employers. 

The most well-known set of rules used to control hazardous substances in the workplace is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). These require employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health to persons who work or come into contact with these substances. The regulations protect both employees, especially those who work in the industries known to be most at risk (including the baking, agriculture, engineering, motor vehicle repair, and woodworking industries), and others who may be exposed.  In order to comply with these regulations and the law, employers must assess the risks involved in jobs, implement any measures needed to control the exposure and generally ensure good and safe working practices. 

What about other harmful substances?

Not every substance which poses a risk to workers' health is covered by COSHH. A number of specific substances have their own sets of regulations. Asbestos, lead, and radioactive substances all have their own strict rules for workers to abide by. A warning label is often present to warn the user whether the COSHH regulations apply. 

You will find more information on hazardous substances in the work accident section of this website. 

Thompsons Solicitors, always on your side

The process of making a claim for exposure to hazardous substances can seem daunting, but with the right legal advice you will hopefully be able to settle your case efficiently and reach the best possible outcome for you and your family.

With Thompsons, you can rest assured that you will be getting all the help, guidance, and advice you require. Our personal injury solicitors have many years of experience dealing with a diverse range of claims, including those regarding illness from exposure to hazardous substances.

If you have any queries concerning the claims process, you can consult our industrial disease FAQ page, where we answer the most pertinent questions.

Our No Win No Fee compensation lawyers aim not just to get you the damages owed to you but also to support you every step of the way. So, if you have been exposed to a hazardous substance in circumstances that were not your fault and suffered injury or illness as a result, get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors today on 0800 0891 331 for an initial discussion.

This phone call is free, and you're at no obligation to move forward with a claim.


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