Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Toxic Exposure Work Injuries
Workers who are injured by exposure to toxic chemicals on the job have the right to seek Workers’ Compensation benefits for their injury or illness. The most common type of workplace for a toxic exposure work injury is a site that regularly uses chemicals as part of the manufacturing or developmental process, such as a factory or mine. Toxic exposure injuries can also occur in workplaces that may not seem dangerous. For example, many retail buildings contain asbestos, lead and paint which can cause harm to workers if they ingest or come in contact with these harmful substances.
Employer Prevention for Toxic Exposure Workplace Accidents
Employers must provide the employee and emergency medical personnel information about known toxins. This information includes negative health effects, how to give first aid, how to properly store and dispose of the toxins, and what protection is necessary to prevent toxic exposure in the workplace. Many dangerous products and chemicals come with their own warning so it is important for the employer to read these warnings.
If an employee regularly works with chemicals; an employer should provide gloves, headgear, goggles, helmets and even full-body suits that can prevent contact with the skin and minimize the ability to ingest toxic substances.
Employers must also consider how to isolate a worker who has been exposed to dangerous toxins so other employees are not affected by the toxic exposure. Proper ventilation in chemical work areas can prevent devastating toxic exposure workplace accidents. It is also important for employers to supply a less toxic material in the place of something more toxic whenever available.
Employee Toxic Work Injury Concerns
An injured worker should immediately notify their employer of any known exposures to chemical or toxic substances. In many cases, the injured worker may not know of the exposure until they begin to suffer and experience symptoms. Typical injuries to the skin include rashes and burns. Ingestion injuries include damage to the throat or lungs, and possible damage to the nervous system.
Even simple paint fumes can cause harm if the venue is not properly ventilated. In severe cases, paint chemicals can result in brain damage. Common chemicals that are known to cause physical harm include asbestos, mercury, cadmium, silica and beryllium. Employees can protect themselves from toxic exposure workplace accidents by checking the labels on paints, acids and solvents for toxic chemicals.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Advocate for Injured Workers
With the help of the Pennsylvania work injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore, employees injured or sickened by toxic chemicals can obtain wage loss benefits and medical benefits by filing a Workers’ Compensation claim in Pennsylvania. Insurance carriers often deny benefits but our Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation lawyers provide the legal counsel required to successfully protect employee rights for injured works in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Submit an online contact form or call 1-800-CANT-WORK (1-800-226-8967) for an appointment.