Some of the most rewarding careers involve regular interaction with dangerous
chemicals and toxic substances so those workplaces obviously imply a higher
level of risk for employees. However, when employees suffer workplace
injuries like burns, poisonings or worse due to
wrongful exposure to hazard, they have a right to fight for compensation.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health lists over 600 workplace chemical hazards, but a few common sources of injury
include the following:
- Benzene — If your work involves burning coal, exposure to motor vehicle
exhaust or industrial solvents, you may face high levels of benzene which
can lead to cancer, anemia and birth defects.
- Beryllium — People working at coal-fired power plants and some areas
of manufacturing may be endangered by this Category 1 carcinogen responsible
for sensitization and disabling or fatal respiratory disease.
- Copper — Jobs that involve copper dust or fumes on a regular basis
can damage eyes, lungs and the liver while increasing the chances for
- Diesel — Those exposed to toxic interactions in chemical manufacturing
or research are at risk for poisoning by chemical mixtures including diesel.
Underground mines, in addition to oil refineries and gas stations, have
severe overexposure problems with fumes that cause eye, lung and brain damage.
- Hydrogen Sulfide — This highly toxic and flammable gas is also present
in oil refineries and other industries and can permanently damage eyesight
and even induce comas.
- Pesticides — An increasingly diverse range of chemicals are present
in rural industries, and from increased cancer rates to chances for autoimmune
and brain diseases, the dangers are just as wide-ranging.
Any substance that harms an employee can be the subject of
a personal injury lawsuiteven years after the damage has been done. Though employees may never fully
heal, they can usually win compensation for medical and other costs by
either challenging the manufacturer of the substance or the party responsible
for the ineffective safety measures. If you have a workplace injury case,
don’t hesitate to
seek the experienced counsel of The Kyle Law Firm attorneys to win the fight for your workplace rights
and the compensation you deserve.