Toxic Exposure in the Workplace
Brooklyn Attorneys Dedicated to Fighting for Workers’ Rights
We are all exposed to toxic chemicals, often more than we realize, but
for workers in certain industries, this exposure can pose an even greater
risk, given the substances they come in contact with on a regular or daily
basis. One of the most well-known substances is asbestos, which can cause
aggressive, life-threatening conditions such as mesothelioma, for which
there is no cure. However, there are many other harmful and toxic chemicals
workers might be exposed to in the workplace that can cause a range of
serious injuries and conditions. At the Belushin Law Firm, P.C., we will
provide relentless and passionate legal advocacy to protect your rights
if you suffered harm due to toxic exposure at work.
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Common Toxic Substances Found in the Workplace
Workers can suffer injuries from exposure to toxic chemicals in a number
of ways, the effects of which can happen immediately or take years to
appear. Some of the most common toxic substances present in work environments include:
- Vinyl Chloride
- Toxic Exhaust
Asbestos is a group of 6 types of naturally occurring minerals, which are
made of fine, durable fibers that are resistant to heat, fire, and other
chemicals. Due to these heat resistant properties, it was used in a plethora
of products, including fireproof protective gear. Unfortunately, it was
later discovered that exposure to this toxic chemical could cause asbestosis,
lung cancer, and various forms of mesothelioma.
Every year, 10,000 individuals die from an asbestos-related illness. About
2,000 to 3,000 of these annual deaths are caused by mesothelioma, the
most common of which is pleural mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos, however,
does not cause immediate harm. In fact, it has a notoriously long latency
period, ranging from 10 to 50 years.
Benzene is colorless, flammable liquid, which evaporates quickly once exposed
to air. It is amongst the 20 most widely used chemicals in the country,
serving as the starting material for many other chemicals, such as plastics,
lubricants, rubbers, detergents, and pesticides. It is also part of crude
oil and gasoline, and found in cigarette smoke.
Some professions that commonly come into contact with this toxic substance
are steel workers, lab technicians, gas station employees, and firefighters.
Benzene has been linked to leukemia and other cancers of blood cells.
More on Toxic Exposure
In some cases, toxic exposure injuries are immediately apparent and require
medical attention to minimize the damage. If an employer fails to provide
proper safety equipment or neglects to put certain procedures in place
for employees, leading to serious consequences, the employer can be held
liable. Some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of toxic
exposure include burns, rashes, throat and lung injuries, blindness, brain
damage, organ damage, and disfigurement.
Workers’ Compensation Coverage
If you sustain an injury or illness due to toxic chemical exposure, you
are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. Be sure to report
the exposure to your supervisor as soon as possible and explain how the
incident occurred. You should also obtain the names of anyone who might
have witnessed your exposure. If a third party was also involved, you
might also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against him or her.
Protect Your Rights! Call our Brooklyn Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Today!
At the Belushin Law Firm, P.C., we have been pursuing justice on behalf
of our clients since 2002. If you were injured on the job, our legal team
of Brooklyn workers’ compensation lawyers is here to protect your
rights. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our
clients, including a $3 million workers’ compensation settlement.
Our attorneys have handled a variety of cases, including matters related
to mesothelioma, spinal cord injuries, failure to provide safety, and
shoulder and knee injuries.
We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not owe
us any legal fees unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf.
Contact our office today at
(888) 918-9890 to begin your free consultation with a top rated New York personal injury law firm.