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Dioxin Poisoning Compensation Claims

What are dioxins?
  Information about Dioxins
What is Dioxin Poisoning?
  Information about Dioxin Poisoning
Symptoms of Dioxin Poisoning
  Health effects of Dioxin Poisoning
Diagnosis and Treatment of Dioxin Poisoning
  What medical treatment will I need if I have Dioxin Poisoning?
Prevention of Dioxin Poisoning
  Dioxin Poisoning can be prevented
Dioxin Poisoning Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a claim for Dioxin Poisoning Compensation

What are dioxins?

Information about Dioxins

“Dioxin” is the name given to a group of chemicals with similar chemical and biological characteristics. There are several hundred of them in existence and they are split into three main groups; chlorinated dibenzofurans (CDFs), chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (CDDs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

CDDs and CDFs (e.g. 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) which is the most studied of these chemicals) are not intentionally manufactured but are created through industrial processes e.g. through certain chlorine bleaching processes at paper mills and at drinking water treatment plants. CDDs are also produced during the manufacture of other chemicals (e.g. pesticides), by industrial and household waste incinerators and from burning fuels like wood, coal or oil.

PCBs are manufactured and are used as coolants and lubricants in transformers for hydraulic mining machinery and some electrical and heating equipment.  They are difficult to destroy and linger in the environment for years.

Dioxins can also be created from natural sources such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions.

If you become ill after an exposure to Dioxins you may be able to make a Dioxin Poisoning compensation claim.

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What is Dioxin Poisoning?

Information about Dioxin Poisoning

Dioxin poisoning can occur when a person breathes in contaminated dust, ingests it or when there is skin contact and you may be exposed to dioxins if you work in an industry where they are used or emitted e.g. in the production of pesticides, in the use of pesticides, in paper and pulp mills, or at an incinerator plant. Workers at recycling plants may also be exposed if aluminium or copper is being recycled. Firefighters may be exposed to dioxins when attending transformer fires.  In some cases, employees are asked to deal with dangerous dioxins at work without being issued with the necessary protective clothing or any training about how to handle the chemicals. In other cases, members of the public have come into contact with industrial waste containing dioxins, which has been pumped into the sea, rivers, land sites or air. Whether your personal injury was caused by an accident at work or in a public place, you may still be entitled to make a Dioxin Poisoning Compensation Claim.

Everyone will be exposed to a small amount of dioxins in their lifetime. They are in our environment and are ingested when we eat animal fats or animal-fat byproducts. In very small amounts they are harmless; however, if you come into contact with a large number of these dioxins or a small number over a prolonged period of time they can be very harmful indeed.

Dioxins can have an adverse effect on health but the precise consequences of exposure depend on how much of the chemical enters your body, how it gets into your body, and the length of exposure.

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Symptoms of Dioxin Poisoning

Health effects of Dioxin Poisoning

Immediate symptoms of significant dioxin exposure include severe abdominal pains, nausea and vomiting — and, in the long term, very high doses can produce a skin condition called ‘chloracne’. This is a very serious skin disease with acne-like lesions generally on the face and upper body. The skin may also be affected by rashes, discoloration, and excessive body hair.

High doses of the chemical may result in metabolic and hormonal changes and in kidney damage.

Dioxins have also been linked to male infertility and to fatal illnesses like cancer. Because dioxins remain in the body for long periods, it may take some time for the effects of the poison to become apparent.

If you become ill after an exposure to Dioxins you may be able to make a Dioxin Poisoning compensation claim.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Dioxin Poisoning

What medical treatment will I need if I have Dioxin Poisoning?

Tests are available to measure dioxins in the blood. Treatments can be given to treat skin conditions, to address liver damage (depending on the state of advancement) and to lower the level of dioxins in the blood.

If you become ill after an exposure to Dioxins you may be able to make a Dioxin Poisoning compensation claim.

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Prevention of Dioxin Poisoning

Dioxin Poisoning can be prevented

Employers have a duty to manage work activities so that exposure to dioxins is reduced to as low a level as is reasonably practicable. There are detailed regulations in place which are designed to protect all workers from exposure to chemicals and other substances in the workplace and these are called “The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations” or COSHH for short. Risk assessments should be made by employers and where appropriate protective steps should be taken to safeguard workers’ health. This may include providing gloves, goggles, respiratory protection and protective clothing.

If you become ill after an exposure to Dioxins you may be able to make a Dioxin Poisoning compensation claim.

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Dioxin Poisoning Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a claim for Dioxin Poisoning Compensation

If you or anyone you know has been injured or contracted an illness or disease as a direct result of coming into contact with dioxins, you may wish to contact a lawyer for some claim advice. In the meantime; however, it is important that you retain any evidence you may have which supports your exposure and ensure that when you visit your GP / Hospital for treatment you mention the cause of your injury to your doctor.

Also remember to retain evidence of any injury-related expenses such as receipts for prescriptions or medication and evidence of travelling expenses.

Providing it can be proven that your injury was caused by your exposure to the hazardous substance and the person / company who allowed you to come into contact with the chemical was negligent or in breach of their legal duties to you, then your claim for compensation should be valid.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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