One of the hazards many American workers have to deal with while on the job is exposure to toxic chemicals. When an accident does occur at work, workers compensation will only cover so much of your accident. And if your employer had failed follow federal safety regulations, your accident can be more severe than you think.
For more than 55 years, the Scranton toxic tort lawyers at Munley Law has been helping toxic exposure clients throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. We understand the devastating consequences toxic exposure can have on a family and we are prepared to fight on your behalf to make sure you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Common Types of Toxic Exposure
Not everyone’s job involves sitting behind a desk in front of a computer all day. Many workers have to deal with dangerous toxins as part of their job. And if your employer isn’t up to date with safety regulations, there is a real danger of exposure in that worker’s future.
Some of these poisons may not affect you at first, but down the road you may develop a debilitating illness, especially if you’ve been exposed to these chemicals day in and day out during the course of your job. Here’s a few of the more common types of exposure that can happen while you’re on the job:
- Asbestos – One of the most common chemicals workers are exposed to. When you are exposed to asbestos, you breathe in silica particles which cause scar tissue to develop in your lungs. This could lead to either lung cancer or mesothelioma.
- Water Contamination – Contamination can be caused several things like septic systems, improper disposal of household chemicals, landfills, and agricultural runoff.
- Soil Contamination –When soil is near a body of contaminated water, there is a great chance it will become contaminated. You can easily be exposed through skin contact, such as gardening or even walking through the soil, inhalation, or even ingestion.
- Pesticides – Although pesticides may be effective in killing bugs, it can also cause serious side effects in humans. You can experience anything from a simple headache to breathing problems and even death.
- Heavy Metal Poisoning – Exposure to such metals as lead, mercury, and manganese can cause serious illness. These metals can replace essential minerals in your body, causing severe injury.
- Toxic Mold – Not the kind of mold you would find on your stale bread. This mold can be found in homes, commercial buildings, and schools. It can cause major illnesses such as Stachybotrys atra, Aspergillus, and Penicillium
Who’s Responsible for My Toxic Tort Claim?
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established a set of regulations that protect employees from toxic exposure. Depending on what industry and/or what chemical you are handling, the agency has a list of regulations on how each substance should be handled during the course of your work. In addition to these regulations, all employees are required to be properly trained and have the proper protection such as respirators or clothing to have as little exposure as possible. Yet employers are always looking to cut costs. And unfortunately, worker safety is sometimes thrown to the wayside in cost saving measures. This leads to a great chance of toxic exposure for the worker.
Just like any accident at work, workers compensation will cover your medical bills. However, there are exceptions to every rule and you may be able to recover for damages against a third party. In addition, you may bring these chemicals unwittingly home and cause secondhand exposure to your family members. If you are considering suing a third party for your exposure illness, this is a route that you don’t want to go alone. It’s best to speak with a qualified workers compensation lawyer to help you with your claim
Hire an Experienced Scranton Toxic Exposure Lawyer Now
It’s important when you file a toxic exposure claim that you get as much evidence as possible to have a successful outcome. Make sure you have your doctor check you out and give you a proper diagnosis. Also, make sure you get as much information as you can on the chemicals that you were exposed to.
If you were exposed to toxic and hazardous chemicals that caused you to become ill, don’t delay. Contact a Scranton toxic tort lawyer from Munley Law now for a free consultation.