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Toxic Chemical Exposure in the Workplace

Toxic Chemical ExposureWhen there is a risk of toxic chemical exposure within the workplace, the employer is required to provide their employees with adequate and reasonable protection. Further, employees are supposed to be made aware of the risk. Failure to do so could result in employer liability. Learn more about toxic chemical exposure injuries in the workplace, including the most common types of exposure and the injuries that can result, the kind of compensation you may be entitled to, and where you can find assistance in pursuing your claim.

Common Workplace Chemicals

Of all the chemicals that employees can be exposed to, asbestos, mercury, lead, and benzene are the most common. Each can cause long-term and potentially even fatal reactions, illnesses, or diseases. Other harmful chemicals that can cause life-altering injuries include:

  • Creosote,
  • Manganese,
  • Isocyanates,
  • Sodium dioxide,
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl,
  • Hydrochloric acid,
  • Arsenic,
  • Tungsten,
  • Sulfur dioxide,
  • Photoresists,
  • Beryllium, and
  • Chlorine dioxide.
Symptoms of Chemical Exposure

Symptoms of exposure may be immediate. However, some chemicals cause delayed or perhaps even gradually occurring symptoms. Such symptoms could include:

  • Difficulty breathing,
  • Nausea,
  • Dizziness,
  • Concentration and memory problems,
  • Rashes,
  • Difficulty swallowing,
  • Neurological problems,
  • Allergic reactions, and
  • Death.

Some toxic substances may also increase the risk of serious or severe illness. Examples include the risk of cancer, brain damage, lung damage, Parkinson’s disease, damage to the eyes or blindness, damage to internal organs, mesothelioma, Hodgkin’s disease, chemically-induced asthma, aplastic anemia, scarring of the skin, damage to the reproductive organs, and more.

When Employer Negligence Caused Exposure

In industries where there is a risk of chemical exposure, employers are required to ensure their employees receive training on how to handle toxic substances. Further, employees must be provided with adequate protection, such as eye goggles, gloves, and other protective gear. Any failure to do so can result in an increased liability on the part of the employer.

While employees can pursue compensation on their own, there is a risk that their claim may be denied. Further, most insurance companies and employers will do all they can to minimize the payout to the employee and their family. As such, it is highly recommended that employees seek assistance from a seasoned workplace injury attorney. Not only does this ensure their rights are protected, it increases the chances that all factors are considered in their case.

We Can Assist with Your Work Injury Case

If you or someone you love has experienced injury or fatality from a workplace injury caused by toxic chemical exposure, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP for assistance. Aggressive and experienced, we will fight for the most compensation possible in your case. Schedule your free consultation with our San Jose workplace injury lawyers by calling (408) 289-1417 today.

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