Workers' Compensation Claims Following Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Posted By Thomas F. Martin, PLC || 26-Jan-2017

Employees working in a variety of industries and fields may encounter dangerous toxic chemicals on a regular basis. So long as all safety precautions are followed and good practices are upheld by supervisors and management, toxic substances should not be an issue. However, the reality is that many workplaces are not promoting and demanding the safe handling of chemicals, leading to countless worker injuries each year.

After being exposed to a toxic chemical, a worker may suffer:

  • Breathing troubles: Any toxic substance that is lighter than air will lift out of its containing in finite particles once it is opened. Without respirators or masks of the appropriate grade, a worker may breathe in the chemical, sometimes without knowing it at all, and suffer breathing complications. Although not a liquid chemical, asbestos exposure commonly leads to mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the airways and lungs.
  • Memory loss (TBI): In addition to causing significant damage to a worker’s lungs, inhaling a toxic chemical can also cause a brain injury. This may be caused by the chemical particulates getting into the blood stream, or as a near-direct exposure at the moment of inhalation, akin to intentionally inhaling a dangerous hydrocarbon or gasoline vapors. Repeated exposure is more likely to dramatically and permanently affect a worker’s brain.
  • Severe burns: Many chemicals that must be stored in specific containers are caustic enough to immediately and severely burn a worker’s skin if direct contact is made. Chemical burns are notoriously difficult to treat, as methods that would help a burn caused by fire or electricity may actually act as a catalyst and re-agitate the chemical on the worker’s skin.
  • Internal complications: Exposure to toxic chemicals wreak havoc on a person’s body, but often not immediately. As time goes on, internal organs begin to suffer damage from repeated exposure. Many chemicals may be carcinogens, or a substance that is known to cause cancer. Any subsequent health complications, even years in the future, should consider whether or not the patient’s occupation played a part in it.

File a Claim to Pursue Compensation

If you suspect that your exposure to dangerous chemicals at work – either once or many times – has caused you to suffer an injury or illness, you should not hesitate to seek workers’ compensation. The costs associated with recovering from or coping with the conditions caused by chemical exposure will be steep. You should not have to worry about whether or not you can make ends meet when it was your employer’s responsibility to keep you protected.

At Thomas F. Martin, PLC, our Orange County workers’ compensation attorney is well-known throughout the region, including Santa Ana, for being comprehensive solutions for workers’ comp cases. When a worker needs help and is being ignored by his or her employer or insurer, Attorney Thomas Martin can use his 25+ years of experience to uphold that worker’s rights and pursue justice and fair treatment on their behalf. If you need legal representation, don’t take a chance on anyone else – choose our law firm and get started on your case.

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