Injuries in the workplace that involve chemical hazards and toxic substances can leave you with long-lasting damage and extensive financial losses. Workers exposed to heavy metals, dust, paint, solvents, or acids are at a high risk of injury. These types of injuries can even be fatal. If you had exposure to chemicals and fumes at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
At Work Injury Rights, our team of work injury lawyers have the combined expertise and the knowledge to provide you with the highest quality legal representation. We are ready to fight for you and the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation and more information regarding your workers’ compensation rights if you had exposure to chemicals and/or fumes on the job.
Injuries From Chemical Exposure on the Job
According to the CDC, exposure to ammonia, chlorine, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid are the leading causes of injuries related to exposure to chemicals/fumes. Just about any type of employee can be exposed to dangerous chemicals at work. Most of the injuries caused by chemical exposure happen in factories or locations where dangerous chemicals are being mined, manufactured, or used. In an office setting, things like paints and cleaning supplies can also be toxic if proper ventilation isn’t present.
Employees who have inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) may also suffer dangerous exposure. It is always the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all employees have proper protective gear. Proper safety equipment includes goggles, respiratory protection, gloves, helmets, and hazmat suits.
Some of the most common chemicals and fumes that can cause workplace injuries are:
- Toxic Air Pollutants
- Pesticide Chemicals
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls
Burns, rashes, and throat and lung injuries are the most common types of injuries that result from exposure to chemicals. Neurological injuries can also occur and damage can stem from exposure from inhalation or skin contact.
Workers’ Compensation and Exposure to Chemicals
A few factors will determine if you can collect workers’ compensation benefits if you had exposure to chemicals. First, you need to identify the substance that caused your injury. This may mean medical screening and tests following exposure.
It may not be an easy feat to identify where the chemical or fume came from. While symptoms like chemical burns may be present immediately, other illnesses can take years to develop. Mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, can take over ten years to develop. It may be necessary for you to review your entire work history to find out when you were exposed.
Our workers’ compensation lawyers can walk you through the legal process and get you the compensation you deserve!
Exposure to Chemicals FAQs
I have an eye injury due to a chemical exposure at work, what happens next?
When it comes to eye injuries, it is imperative that you seek medical care as soon as possible, especially if you are exhibiting chemical exposure symptoms. Your eyes are the most important tools you have to do your job and failure to seek medical attention could result in loss of vision.
If your employer has Workers’ Compensation insurance, you might have a Workers’ Compensation claim on your hands. Even if this is not the case, you should still seek out the services of a chemical exposure lawyer in Florida. We can help you to understand what kind of care you should receive and help get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today!
I was exposed to silica at my job, and now I have a bad cough. How can I prove that it is from work, and can I get Workers’ Comp if I suffer from silicosis?
Silica dust is one of the most serious chemicals that someone can come into contact with on the job. Silicosis is a fatal disease of the lungs that causes persistent and permanent shortness of breath, bronchitis, and lung cancer. Some people get silicosis right away, but it can take upwards of 20 years for some people to present symptoms.
If you are concerned that your symptoms are signs of silicosis from the job site, you need to contact a Florida Workers’ Compensation lawyer who can help you. Give us a call today at 954-833-5226 to get started.
I have been exposed to asbestos, and now I’m sick. Am I eligible for Workers’ Comp?
Asbestos is one of the worst chemical exposures in the workplace because it can lead to mesothelioma, pleural disease, lung cancer, and other issues. Our team will be able to look at your case and help trace exposure to your illness. We will help you to get the compensation you deserve to begin your recovery.
If you were exposed, contact one of our chemical exposure lawyers soon as possible.
What are the types of injuries that come from exposure to chemicals in the workplace?
Chemical exposure at work is present in many different industries, including construction, cleaning, pest control, and more. The types of injuries are vast as well, including loss of memory, brain damage, lung damage, cancer, eye damage, and more. Whether you were exposed to dangerous products or toxic fumes caused by a fire, it can impact your health and ability to lead a normal life.
If you have suffered exposure to chemicals and/or toxic fumes at work, contact a chemical exposure lawyer as soon as possible. We will be able to help you seek financial compensation for your loss of wages, medical bills, and more. Contact us today!
Contact Our Work Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation if You Had Exposure to Chemicals/Fumes
Injury from exposure to chemicals or fumes can be a traumatic event. It can also weigh heavily on you financially. It’s important to find the best legal representation possible after you get injured on the job. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and workers’ compensation insurance will help you recover lost wages and cover medical costs.
At Work Injury Rights, we can help you get the settlement you deserve. With 45 years of experience handling work injury cases, we have the knowledge and expertise to offer you the best legal services around.
Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our expert Work Injury Rights lawyers who will be happy to help you explore your options.