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You Deserve Compensation for Your Chemical Exposure Injury


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3/16/2017
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Toxic fumes and harmful chemicals threaten the health of industrial workers, with exposure frequently leading to chemical burns, skin rashes, eye irritation, respiratory ailments, and neurological damage. Employees working in heavy industrial settings—including factories, chemical processing plants, and construction sites—are particularly vulnerable to occupational exposure to these toxins.

Harmful Substances in the Workplace

Workers may be injured by exposure to fumes and chemicals via contact with the eyes or skin, inhalation, or ingestion. These harmful substances may include:

  • Gasoline and other fuels
  • Asbestos
  • Lead paint
  • Benzene
  • Dyes
  • Cleaning solvents

Symptoms of Chemical Exposure

Exposure to dangerous workplace chemicals may lead to both short-term and long-term symptoms. Short-term symptoms of exposure may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Forgetfulness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

Long-term exposure to chemicals can lead to far more serious injuries, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Internal organ damage
  • Chronic neurological problems
  • Birth defects
  • Death

Employer Responsibilities

The Occupational Safety and Health Act mandates employer compliance with hazard-specific health and safety standards for workplace chemicals. According to Section 5(a)(1), each employer “shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” This means the employer has the primary duty to make sure that the workplace is free from chemical hazards and that workers are protected adequately from chemical exposure.

Compensation for Chemical Exposure Claims

If you’re experiencing health problems as a result of employment-related exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals, you deserve compensation. Workers’ compensation exists to pay for the hospital and medical expenses necessary to diagnose and treat your injury. It also provides disability payments while you’re unable to work, and may cover rehabilitation, retraining, and other benefits as well.

Workplace chemical exposure cases are often complex and your claim may be aggressively contested by your employer. You need an experienced chemical exposure attorney on your side, protecting your rights every step of the way. If you have questions about the process of seeking compensation for chemical exposure, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.



Category: Construction, Refinery, Industrial, On the Job Injuries and Workers' Comp

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