If you are injured at work due to exposure to chemicals then you have two legal options to choose from. You can either claim worker’s compensation or a personal injury claim depending on where the chemical originated from and who was in charge at the time of the accident. The common types of injuries that can also have an effect on your claim include:
- Skin abrasions
- Nerve damage
- Brain damage
- Lung injuries
Neurological injuries that can be caused by chemical exposure can be caused in a number of ways such as through inhalation, skin contact and ingesting. Some chemicals that are present in paint can cause this injury especially if it is applied regularly without proper ventilation in place to protect employees.
What is a toxic tort?
A toxic tort refers to cases in which the victim claims harm due to exposure to chemicals or some kind of toxins. Some of the ways this can happen includes:
- Exposure to asbestos
- Groundwater contamination or air contamination because of the release of noxious fumes
- Exposure to mould especially of the black kind
- Exposure to lead based paint
- Toxins in defective drugs
A toxin tort can be caused by a number of people but the most common are owners of factories who dump pollutants in water or a landlord who did not make sure that the apartment was free of mould before renting it out. A manufacturer of a dangerous drug can only be taken to court if taking the drugs results in health issues.
If you are exposed to a toxic tort you can recover damages through a personal injury attorney but the tort system does not support work related injuries in case of a civil lawsuit. Even if they were directly responsible for the exposure they might not be liable for it at all. In such cases a personal injury attorney can guide you best.
It is important that you call us as quickly as possible and we can assure you that the information you give us will be 100% confidential when we know it. We also have truck accident attorneys, maritime accident lawyers, bicycle accident attorneys along with others who can help you make a solid personal injury claim in court.
If you have been exposed to chemicals in your workplace and are in pain or need financial aid to take care of your medical costs, you should not be the one to pay them. Your employers have a legal obligation to ensure that you have the safety equipment you need to prevent such injuries in the first place and if they fail to do so, then you have every right to take them to task.
Exposure to chemicals? Call Attorney Javier Marcos
If you or someone you know had exposure to chemicals and got injured. Call Attorney Javier Marcos by dialing 713.999.4444 or visit our FAQ pages if you have certain common queries you wish to address. Contact us for a free consultation and get to know your rights as and when you need them. We can help you preserve evidence and know your rights so that you can claim all of the damages that are owed to you. There is no payment unless we win the case.