What are the Harmful Effects?
PAHs which are known for their carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic properties include benz[a]anthracene and chrysene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[j]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, benzo[a]pyrene, benzo[ghi]perylene, coronene, dibenz(a,h)anthracene (C20H14), indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene (C22H12) and ovalene. These PAHs can be particularly harmful when exposure happens over a long period of time. Pregnant women may find their child affected by a lower IQ, and childhood asthma; whilst other studies have shown an increased likelihood of adverse birth outcomes, including low birth weight, premature delivery, and heart malformations. The cord blood of exposed babies shows DNA damage that has been linked to cancer. In adults, the carcinogenic effects may lead to a plethora of cancers in later life. If exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons can be linked to such illness or defects, you may be eligible to make a claim for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon compensation.
How Does it Happen?
In the majority of cases, employees who work in industry, and the general public, will be exposed to pollutants over a long period of time. This chronic exposure may be hard to detect until it is too late. Where employees work around sources of fuel ignition or extraction, they may suffer from acute exposure that may induce Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon poisoning. Legally speaking, employees should be protected against the effects of PAH exposure through rigorous health and safety standards, and through the issues of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as filtration masks and goggles. Unfortunately, not all employers fulfil their protective duty, and so employees can sometimes fall ill as a result.
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 so they will then become liable for any Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon poisoning 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 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon poisoning claim if you’ve fallen ill.
If you do decide to make a claim for PAH poisoning 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 negligence 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. Where PAH poisoning can be linked with your health problems, we can begin to establish a convincing PAH poisoning claim, that will compensate you for any suffering sustained.
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If we find that a third party has been negligent in protecting you from PAH exposure, we can investigate. We will meticulously examine every aspect of your situation, from assessing health and safety practices of the workplace, 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. So for free, expert advice on pursuing a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon poisoning claim, speak to us today.