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Contaminated Soil Claims

Land contaminated with toxic substances, including heavy metals, solvents, asbestos and even worse still, radioactive substances is problematic for all aspects of our health. Most of the emphasis will be on industrial sites where spillages and improper disposal techniques have over time polluted the land. In turn this can contaminate the very same soil that farmers cultivate for crops and livestock that end up in our kitchen.

Chronic exposure to these hazardous substances can cause mutations in the body -the starting point for all cancers – provoke skin conditions, organ failure, and even death. If you suspect that you have suffered a personal injury caused by any of the above, you should contact us for an assessment of your eligibility for a contaminated soil claim.

What is Contaminated Soil?

Legally, contaminated land is defined as ‘land where substances could cause: significant harm to people or protected species and/or significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater.’

Soil contamination is more commonly found on sites that were previously factories, coal mines, steelworks, refineries and landfills where the regulations governing waste disposal were slack or nonexistent.

Nowadays we are fortunate enough that UK industries working with man-made chemicals are governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations which limits the amount of substances that employees are exposed to.

Employers in these industries have a legal responsibility to monitor workers who are at a known risk of developing industrial disease and other occupational illnesses because of their working environment.

If you are diagnosed with a personal injury as a result of contaminated soil, you may then be able to make a compensation claim.

Common Contaminated Soil Injuries

These chemicals are toxic for a reason – they belong nowhere near our bodies – and the health complications they cause depend upon several factors: how long you have been exposed to the chemicals, which part of the body has been affected, how the chemicals came into contact with you, and the substance itself, amongst other things.

Some of the personal injuries that we have dealt with include;

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Skin conditions – eczema, contact dermatitis
  • Chronic headache and migraine
  • Organ damage and toxicity
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Behavioural problems
  • Nerve damage

How to make a Contaminated Soil Claim

It can be problematic to prove that a general disease like cancer is the direct result of chemical exposure, for example, so to make sure we are armed with all the right information, it is important that you keep all documentation relating to your injuries, including any GP or hospital visits, and expenses receipts.

To make a Contaminated Soil Claim Freephone 0800 193 88 88
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