What are Perchlorates?
Often this is entirely necessary for you to be able to perform your duties, but there are times when exposure to these substances is unnecessary, and sometimes damaging. If you work in pyrotechnics, or if you’re involved in the manufacture of explosives, airbags, rocket fuel, fireworks and fertilisers, you may have been exposed to Perchlorates. Perchlorates are the salts derived from perchloric acid (HClO4,) and they’re used in the production of explosives and fireworks because they are slow to react; making the final product safer, and less likely to spontaneously explode.
What are the Harmful Effects?
Whilst its chemical properties are incredibly useful, it can have a detrimental effect on your thyroid gland. Perchlorates prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing iodine from the bloodstream; also known as ‘iodide uptake inhibition’ or IUI. As a consequence the thyroid may become enlarged ,and it can also affect your metabolism. In children, the thyroid is critical for development and growth, so where its function is decreased, it can have negative long-term consequences.
How Does it Happen?
Most personnel who work with perchlorates will be issued with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE,) preventing the risk of exposure. Unfortunately, there are incidents where employees, and the general public, have fallen ill as a result of unregulated exposure. Where insufficient, or no PPE is issued, or where it contaminates drinking water, it can be ingested causing harm.
What if I’ve Fallen Ill as a Result?
All employers have a duty of care to their staff, and to the public. Where their actions have a detrimental effect on people, the employer will have been negligent in their duty, and they will then become liable for any claims brought against them. The responsibilities of the employer are clearly defined in the health and safety at work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, and so where their practices deviate from those set out in workplace legislation, you may be entitled to make a perchlorates claim if you’ve fallen ill as a result.
If you do decide to make a claim for perchlorate 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 the negligent handling of perchlorate has had a negative impact on your health.
As soon as you involve us, our expert hazardous substance solicitors will be able to determine whether or not you have a valid claim. Where a claim can be made, they will work diligently to identify the sources of exposure, so that we can warn the authorities, preventing others from falling ill. If perchlorate exposure can be linked with your health problems, we can begin to establish a convincing perchlorate claim, that will compensate you for any suffering.
Our Hazardous Substances Experience
If we find that a third party has been negligent in their responsibilities to protect you from perchlorate exposure, we can investigate. We will meticulously examine every aspect of your situation, from assessing health and safety practices at the employer or company’s premises, to examining medical records. In doing this we can collect all the evidence required 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. For free, expert advice on pursuing a perchlorate compensation claim, speak to us today.