Chemical Exposure on the Job: What Next?
Most people associate injury from chemical exposure with places like factories, when in reality, any job site or employment situation could put you at risk. Factories or locations where dangerous chemicals are being mined, produced or used are the most common, but your average office building could also expose you to chemicals like lead, asbestos or pesticides.
If you have been injured due to exposure to dangerous chemicals while performing your job, you may be eligible for workers compensation or have the ability to file a personal injury claim. Which option you file for is dependent on who controlled the job site where the incident occurred and where the chemical came from. Working with an experienced attorney will help you figure out which option is right for you.
For employees who work with dangerous chemicals, it is imperative that your protective gear be adequate. Depending on the chemicals that you’re interacting with, protective gear might include:
- Full body suit
- Exhaust fans or other ways to ventilate the work area
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that each employee has the proper equipment and protective gear to safely perform their job.
What to Watch For
You can be injured by toxic chemicals by accidentally swallowing them (even a tiny amount), contact with skin or by breathing in fumes. Some of the most common injuries are rashes, lung or throat injuries, and burns. It’s also possible to experience nerve or brain damage from chemical exposure. The most common toxic substances and chemicals are:
If you or a loved one have recently been exposed to harmful chemicals, it’s important that you not only seek medical treatment, but legal counsel as well. The attorneys at Buzzell, Welsh & Hill specialize in both, workers compensation and personal injury claims. We will gladly assist you in figuring out what type of claim you need to pursue and getting you the compensation that you deserve. We offer free consultations, so contact us today to speak to one of our experienced and talented attorneys.