Poisoning claims

Poisoning claims

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Dealing with poisoning is a distressing ordeal that can shake your faith in public safety or the standards of an organisation. Whether it’s a case of food poisoning from a local restaurant, chemical exposure at work or contamination from a faulty product, the repercussions can damage both your health and your trust in others. The physical effects may be short or long-term, but the emotional toll can sometimes be harder to overcome.

If you or a loved one has suffered from poisoning due to the negligence or fault of another person or organisation, you may be able to make a claim to compensate for your suffering and any financial losses you've experienced.

We know that dealing with poisoning can be a delicate and emotionally taxing affair. Switalskis’ expert personal injury team offers compassionate and clear guidance throughout the entire claims process, keeping you in the loop every step of the way.

If you're seeking compensation for a poisoning incident that wasn't your fault, we're here to help. To discuss your specific situation, call us on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch through our website. We’re committed to aiding you in this difficult time.

How Switalskis can help you

We recognise that each poisoning case is different, whether you've been affected by contaminated food, hazardous chemicals at work or toxic substances in your home. Our dedicated team is on hand to help you navigate the complex journey towards compensation. 

We understand that poisoning doesn't just affect your health; it can also strain your finances due to medical costs or the need to take time off work while you recover. We'll help you build a robust claim that addresses the full scope of your losses, and make sure you don’t lose money as the result of an injury that wasn’t your fault.

When you first contact us, we'll sit down to discuss your situation. We aim to get a clear understanding of how you were poisoned and what the implications have been for your health, lifestyle and finances. We'll assess the strength of your claim and guide you through the legal process, breaking down how you can expect it to unfold into easy-to-understand terms.

If you decide to go ahead with your claim, we'll start gathering evidence and building your case on your behalf. We’ll also liaise with the other parties involved and take on the bulk of the responsibility for keeping your claim moving ahead, meaning that you can focus on your recovery. 

Our solicitors aim to get a complete picture of how the poisoning has disrupted your life, so we won’t just look at medical records. We want to understand the emotional and financial toll the injury has taken on you. Our approach is thorough and compassionate, enabling us to represent you effectively and help you get the compensation you deserve.

When you choose Switalskis, you’ll get more than just legal representation. You'll gain our commitment to fight tirelessly for your rights and work to hold the responsible parties to account.

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How can negligence lead to poisoning?

Poisoning can have severe, sometimes even fatal, repercussions. Many cases result from the negligence or oversight of people or organisations who are responsible for controlling poisonous substances. Below are some of the most common scenarios in which claims have arisen:

  • Food poisoning: restaurants and food suppliers have a duty to make sure the food they provide is safe for consumption. Failure to follow hygiene standards can lead to severe cases of food poisoning, for which you can claim compensation.
  • Chemical exposure at work: employers are responsible for making sure a work environment is safe. Exposure to toxic chemicals without proper safety measures and equipment in place can result in poisoning and long-term health consequences.
  • Contaminated water: local authorities or housing associations that don't adequately maintain water supplies could be held responsible for cases of poisoning due to contaminated water, and anyone who is poisoned as a result can claim compensation.
  • Lead poisoning: property owners or landlords who fail to remove lead paint or pipes may be held liable for injuries to tenants. Failure to remove lead-based products can result in lead poisoning, which is particularly harmful to children and pregnant women.
  • Environmental pollution: companies that release toxic substances into the air, soil or water without proper controls can be liable for poisoning those living or working nearby.

Many poisoning cases can be prevented when the appropriate safety measures are implemented. When those responsible fail in their duties and you’re poisoned, this can feel like a betrayal of trust and lead to serious emotional consequences. At Switalskis, we approach each case with compassion and understanding, and we're here to guide you towards the compensation you rightly deserve.

Making a poisoning personal injury claim

Navigating a compensation claim for poisoning can be complex, but our skilled team of solicitors is here to make it simpler by guiding you through each step.

Here's a breakdown of how the claims process typically unfolds:

Step 1: Initial consultation

Your claim starts when you contact our personal injury team. We'll go through the details of the situation and offer insights into whether you can make a claim and what you should expect from the process if you choose to continue.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We'll start by gathering all the relevant evidence. This could include medical records, reports of the incident, statements from witnesses and any communication you've had with the people we believe were at fault. If you've faced financial strain due to your poisoning, we'll also need evidence detailing your expenses and losses.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we've built a strong case demonstrating liability for your injury, we'll formally notify the party at fault, as well as their insurance company, of your claim. They’ll have four months to decide whether to accept liability and respond to the letter of claim.

Step 4: Negotiation

If the defendant acknowledges their liability, we can negotiate the compensation amount. We’ll always try to secure the maximum amount of compensation that we believe you’re entitled to. If the other party disputes your claim, we're fully prepared to escalate the matter to court.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

While many poisoning claims can be settled without the need to go to trial, some will need to go to court for us to secure the outcome you deserve. In this case, you can trust us to represent you, present your evidence and stand by you through the process.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

If your claim is successful, we'll make sure the defendant delivers on their obligation to compensate you.

Throughout the claim process, we'll maintain an open line of communication, keeping you informed about the progress in your case. We’ll make sure you're well-equipped to make the right decisions. With Switalskis by your side, you can concentrate on what's most important: your health and peace of mind.

What are the time limits for making a poisoning compensation claim?

Generally, personal injury claims for poisoning must also be brought within three years from the date of the incident or from the moment you became aware of the effects of the poisoning. However, there are some specific considerations and exceptions in poisoning cases:

  • Children: if a child is poisoned due to negligence, a claim can be made on their behalf at any point until they reach 18 years old. After that, they have until they turn 21 to start their own claim.
  • Mental capacity: if you’re claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to do it themselves, time restrictions may not apply.
  • Chronic exposure: in cases where the poisoning results from prolonged exposure to a toxic substance, like asbestos or lead, the time limit may start from the date you became aware of the connection between the exposure and your illness, rather than starting from the first date that you were poisoned.

Given that the claims process is time-sensitive and each case has its own unique set of challenges, it's advisable to start building your case sooner rather than later. The more time we have to collect evidence and prepare, the stronger your claim is likely to be. Get in touch at the earliest opportunity to speak to us about making a claim.

What will poisoning compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

Compensation for poisoning cases generally falls into two key categories:

  • General damages address the physical suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress you've experienced due to the poisoning. The severity of your injury will directly affect the amount of compensation you could receive.
  • Special damages compensate for any financial setbacks you've encountered due to your poisoning. These can range from private medical bills and treatments to lost earnings from being unable to work, as well as any other support costs.

It’s impossible to say how much compensation you could receive without detailed information about your circumstances. Call us today to talk about your experience and learn more about making a claim.

How are poisoning personal injury claims funded?

We handle poisoning compensation claims on a no win, no fee basis. This means you'll only have to pay legal fees if we successfully win your case. When we secure compensation for you, a percentage of your award will go towards your legal costs. We’ll agree on this percentage at the start of the claim. That way, you can be confident that you won’t experience any unexpected costs throughout the process.

If the idea of financing a legal claim worries you, there may be additional financial support available to you. Certain types of insurance may provide funding for legal claims. We’ll discuss this during our initial consultation, so you can be sure how you’ll fund your claim before it moves ahead.

What to remember when making a poisoning compensation claim

Your health should always come first if you suspect you've been poisoned. Seek immediate medical treatment, even if the symptoms seem mild. The effects of poisoning can escalate quickly, and a proper diagnosis is vital.

To boost your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve, consider taking the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention: medical records are vital evidence in poisoning cases. A healthcare professional's opinion on your condition is compelling and can substantiate your claim.
  • Report the incident: whether the poisoning happened at work, in a restaurant or any other public place, you should report it to the relevant authorities or establishment. This not only establishes a record of the incident but could also prevent others from experiencing the same misfortune.
  • Gather evidence: if possible, take photographs of the suspected source of poisoning. This could be contaminated food, a chemical substance or a mislabelled product. Visual evidence can be invaluable when it comes to proving negligence.

If you're seeking compensation for a poisoning incident that wasn't your fault, we're here to help. To discuss your specific situation, call us on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch through our website. We’re committed to aiding you in this difficult time.

Our poisoning claims specialists

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Stephanie VeyseySenior Associate Solicitor
Katrina ElseySenior Associate Litigation Executive
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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
John McQuaterDirector and Solicitor Advocate
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Kelly HomarSenior Associate Chartered Legal Executive
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Why Switalskis?

When it comes to personal injury compensation claims, expertise is key. Our solicitors are experienced in navigating the ins and outs of poisoning claims. We'll be with you at each stage, delivering efficient and compassionate legal counsel.

Clarity in complexity

Making a poisoning claim can seem overwhelming at first, but we promise to simplify this for you. We’ll translate complex legal terms and phrases into plain, understandable language, making sure you're fully aware of what each step involves. We’ll also stay in touch throughout the claims process and be available to answer any questions.

Empathy at every step

We aim to understand your unique situation, and that means being an outlet for your concerns and emotions relating to your injury. To us, you're not merely a case file; you're a human being facing a tough period, and we're here to provide the legal and emotional support you need.

Expertise you can trust

Successfully making a poisoning compensation claim needs specialist knowledge, and you need to be able to trust that your solicitor has everything under control. With Switalskis, you're in good hands. Our solicitors are backed by years of experience and a proven track record in various types of personal injury claims, including poisoning compensation.

Championing your rights

We're passionate about defending your rights and making sure your voice is amplified. We’ll guide you through every stage of the claims process so you're always ready to make informed decisions.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

For more information about how Switalskis can help you to make a poisoning claim, call us on 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through our website

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