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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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Bringing a Chemical Burns Claim

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, of course, be many other scenarios where you have the legitimate basis to initiate bringing a compensation case.

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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 experienced a chemical injury in the workplace, you can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance to pursue your claim.

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Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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