Lead exposure claims

Despite the decreasing use of lead and the introduction of strict regulations controlling its use, lead poisoning can still present a serious risk, especially if you work in certain sectors. If you have suffered from health issues as a result of lead exposure, you could have cause to make a work accident compensation claim.

Lead was often used as piping material before its dangers were realised, and if you work in old buildings you could be at risk of exposure. The three main employment sectors in the UK which present a lead poisoning risk are:

  • The lead battery industry, which accounts for 21% of all lead exposure cases in the workplace
  • The smelting, refining, alloying and casting sector – 16% of those who make a claim are employed in one of these areas
  • Work with metallic lead and lead containing alloys, which accounts for 10% of all exposure cases

If you work in another industry, you may still be at still at risk, but the likelihood of you developing a condition caused by lead exposure is much lower. Other potentially hazardous sectors include:

  • Jewellery making
  • Glass making
  • The pottery industry
  • Shipbuilding, repairing and breaking
  • Demolition

Lead poisoning symptoms

Lead exposure symptoms are varied, and every individual will be impacted differently. General symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Headaches,
  • Tiredness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Kidney problems
  • Impaired physical coordination
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hearing problems
  • Insomnia
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Blue line around the gums
  • Anaemia
  • High blood pressure

In severe cases, people can also exhibit abnormal behaviour, foot drop, wrist drop, coma and convulsions. Some lead poisoning can be fatal.

Lead exposure can also lead to health problems including kidney failure, permanent brain damage, hearing problems, damage to the central nervous system and infertility.

Women exposed to lead exposure are at risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and foetal development complications.

What is an unacceptable blood to lead level?

What is deemed an unacceptable level of lead in the blood will depend on age, sex, and other factors. Males under the age of 18 can tolerate more lead in the blood than a pregnant woman, for example.

If your blood-lead level reaches what is called suspension-level, you must cease working until a doctor considers it safe to resume work.

Making a claim

If you've suffered lead exposure in the workplace you may be entitled to claim work accident compensation.

At YouClaim, we have a wealth of experience of expertise in dealing with lead poisoning claims of any severity level. We’ve claimed compensation for those suffering minor symptoms as well as people who have been seriously affected by lead poisoning and now require extensive care. 

Contact us today and speak to one of our claims team. You can do this in one of three ways; fill out an online claim form, request a call back at a time suitable to you, or call us now on 0800 10 757 95 and let us help you by securing the compensation you deserve.