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Chemical Burns and Eye Injury Claims

If you have experienced an injury at work relating to the use of chemicals, you may be eligible to make a claim against your employer. If you have experienced chemical burns, chemical inhalation, or a chemical eye injury, this page will help you to ascertain your rights and the responsibilities of your employer.

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Helpful Information

In the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, the most obvious risk factors that present themselves are things like chemical burns and exposure to hazardous materials, which may often be inherent in the nature of the industry.

In this context, the provision and use of appropriate safety goggles and protective clothing and equipment will be vitally important. Of course, provision is only one aspect. If all necessary clothing and equipment are made available but the system or culture of work is such that it is very difficult or impossible to attain the targets which have been set when using the equipment provided, an employer will not escape liability for their employees’ injuries.

Shift work tends to be commonplace in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, with skeleton crews in place at certain times of the day or night. This may result in there not being sufficient numbers of staff on duty as might be required by best practice. In addition, working long or unusual shift patterns out of sync with natural circadian rhythms can result in excessive levels of tiredness by an individual or their co-workers, which can contribute to accidents.

If you believe any of the above scenarios may be true to your situation, you may have grounds to bring a chemical burns claim against your employer. Our experienced solicitors will be able to help you ascertain if have good grounds to make a claim.

Common scenarios resulting in chemical injuries

In addition to the aforementioned, there is a multitude of other scenarios that can lead to life-changing chemical burns or inhalation injuries. This includes the following:

  • Unsafe storage of chemicals in your place of work.
  • Work equipment that has not had regular checks and safety inspections.
  • The use of cheap protective work clothing and gear that does not meet compliance standards.
  • The spillage of chemicals whilst in transit.
  • Over-exposure to corrosive cleaning products.

There may be many other scenarios where you have the legitimate basis to initiate bringing a compensation case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked in relation to chemical injuries.

  • How can I prove my employer was at fault?

    You will need to collect evidence like safety training records, witness statements, and medical reports that detail your injuries. Photographs of the hazardous workplace conditions and any missing safety equipment are essential. Examine company safety policies and compare them against Health and Safety Authority (HSA) standards to demonstrate non-compliance or negligence. Evidence that your employer knew about but disregarded these risks can significantly strengthen your claim.

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  • How severe does the injury have to be to bring a claim?

    You can bring a claim regardless of the severity. However, the extent of the injury does influence the potential compensation amount. Even minor injuries can merit a claim if they result in medical costs, lost earnings, or other damages. More severe injuries typically lead to higher compensation due to greater impacts on health, quality of life, and future earnings. It's important to document all aspects of the injury and its repercussions thoroughly.

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  • What are general and special damages?

    In legal terms, general damages compensate for non-monetary aspects of harm such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life, which are not easily quantifiable. Special damages, on the other hand, cover monetary losses directly associated with the injury. These can include medical expenses, lost wages, and the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property. Special damages are typically easier to calculate as they are based on actual expenses incurred or income lost due to the injury. Both types of damages aim to restore the injured party to their pre-injury state as much as possible.

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  • Do I need a solicitor to bring a claim?

    While it is not legally required to have a solicitor to bring a claim, it is highly recommended. Personal injury claims, especially those involving chemical burns, can be complex. A solicitor can help navigate the legal processes, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure that all paperwork is correctly filed. Your solicitor will also provide expertise in assessing appropriate compensation, considering both general and special damages. Their experience can be invaluable in maximising your claim's potential and handling any legal challenges that arise, making the process more manageable and likely more successful.

Chemical burns compensation claims

If you, or a family member, has sustained a serious chemical burns or eye injury in the workplace, and you believe the accident was avoidable, get in contact with our personal injury solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including industrial accidents and chemical burns claims. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. If you have suffered an injury whilst working at height, we can provide expert guidance and advice regarding the handling of your personal injury claim.

Useful Resources

If you have suffered a chemical burn, inhalation or eye injury, you may find the following links useful.


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