What are the Harmful Effects?
Until recently no one considered there to be any side-effects in working alongside Phurnacite. In a recent ruling by the high court however, it has been judged that in light of medical evidence, it did indeed have a negative impact on health. Workers at the former Phurnacite plant in the Cynon Valley are to be awarded compensation of up to £44,000 each where the inhalation of Phurnacite fumes and dust appear to have led to lung cancers, emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
How Does it Happen?
Where inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided, employees that work with dangerous substances are at risk of breating in vapours and dust that can have long-term negative consequences for their health. With Phurnacite, breathing in the coal dust and fumes during its processing appears to have lead to an increased risk in contracting lung conditions and lung cancers. Where employees are at risk to harmful substance exposure, employers have a duty of care to ensure that these risks are minimised by implementing more stringent health and safety procedures and issuing compulsory PPE. During the trial it was found that the Department of Energy and Climate Change, originally failed to provide the appropriate PPE, and that the damage had been done by the time they had issued any.
What if I’ve Fallen Ill as a Result?
Most importantly, you should speak to a doctor or your GP if you haven’t already. If you are then found to have a lung disease or cancer that could be attributed to Phurnacite exposure, then you should seek legal advice. Where the negligence of your employer can be proven, you can make a claim for Phurnacite compensation.
If you do decide to make a claim for Phurnacite compensation, you will need to act quickly. There are time limits in place for making claims of this kind, so you will need to seek legal advice as soon as you suspect that an employer or a company’s negligence has had an negative impact on your health.
As soon as you involve us, our solicitors will be able to determine whether or not you have a valid claim. Where a Phurnacite compensation claim can be made, they will work diligently to identify the sources of exposure so that we can warn the authorities and prevent others from falling ill. Where exposure can be linked with your health problems, we can begin to establish a convincing claim that will compensate you for any suffering sustained.
If we find that your employer has been negligent in their responsibilities to protect you from Phurnacite exposure, we can investigate. We will meticulously examine every aspect of your situation, from assessing health and safety practices at the employer’s premises, to examining medical records. In doing this we can collect all the required evidence to build a compelling case.
As part of our investigation we will assess the present impact on your health and your life, examining any possible long-term consequences whether physical, emotional or financial; so that we can assess any future needs or expenses. By working in this way we can work to acquire a compensation award that fairly reflects the damage and undue suffering that you have had to bear.
We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice and support. Our team of expert solicitors have a wealth of expertise and knowledge that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. So for free, expert advice on pursuing a Phurnacite claim, speak to us today.