Workers’ Compensation Claims Following Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Employees working in a variety of industries and fields may encounter dangerous toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, some workplaces are not promoting the safe handling of chemicals, leading to tragic work injuries each year.
Some possible symptoms of chemical exposure could be:
- Breathing problems: Without respirators or masks, a worker may breathe in a chemical, sometimes without knowing it. Also, asbestos exposure can lead 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 brain injury. Repeated exposure is more likely to dramatically and permanently affect a worker’s brain.
- Severe burns: Some chemicals must be stored in specific containers and can be caustic enough to immediately and severely burn a worker’s skin if direct contact is made. Chemical burns are often difficult to treat.
- Internal complications: Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause internal organ damage and even cancer. Some chemicals may be carcinogens, and complications may not be apparent for years – and possibly related to work.
YOU MAY HAVE A WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIM
If you suspect that your exposure to chemicals at work – either once or many times – has caused you to suffer an injury or illness, workers’ compensation rights may exist.
At Thomas F. Martin, PLC, – an Orange County workers’ compensation attorney – may be able to help.
The consultation is always free. Call 714-547-5025.