Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

Throughout the country, workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals and every day. In fact, your employer is required, by law, to provide information about chemicals or toxins that are present in your workplace. This information is usually provided in what is called Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). The MSDS is designed to help explain proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance. The MSDS includes information like physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill and leak procedures.

Some common toxic chemicals and substances that that can cause injury to employees on the job include:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Benzene
  • Pesticides
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Cadmium
  • Beryllium
  • Mercury
  • Silica
  • Paint
  • Solvents
  • Acids

You can suffer injury from toxic chemicals through skin contact, breathing fumes, or even accidentally swallowing a small amount of a chemical. Common types of injuries that can occur from exposure to toxic chemicals are burns, rashes, and throat or lung injuries. Nerve and neurological injuries are also common.

Is Toxic Exposure Covered Under Workers’ Comp?

Workers who have suffered a chemical exposure injury on the job may be entitled to compensation. You do not need to prove that your employer did anything wrong in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Instead, you must prove that you were exposed to hazardous chemicals on the job and that, as a result of that exposure, you were injured. Before filing your claim, it is important to:

  • Report the Exposure ASAP
  • Get the Names of Any Witnesses
  • Seek Medical Treatment If Needed
  • Tell Your Physician You Were Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

How Can a Lawyer Help with My Workers’ Comp Claim?

The greatest complications in toxic chemical cases are problems of proof. Most claims are not clear-cut, and it may be difficult to determine which chemicals are present in your workplace. An attorney can advise you about the particular issues at play and can inform you of other avenues that might be available to maximize your recovery.

Have you been exposed to toxic chemicals at work? Contact our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers for a free case evaluation.  Let us help you today!

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