What To Do If You Are Exposed To Harmful Chemicals At Work
There are a number of jobs that expose workers to toxic fumes or harmful chemicals — sometimes without employees even being aware of it. Injuries and health concerns that can result from exposure to these substances include serious burns or skin rashes, neurological damage, respiratory damage or permanent damage to the reproductive system.
If you face health concerns as a result of work-related exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals, you should be compensated for your medical expenses and for any lost income if you are forced to miss work. The Law Offices of Charles W. Kranstuber, LPA, in Columbus, Ohio, advocates for injured workers to ensure that they collect the full amount they are owed in workers’ compensation benefits.
Fault is not a factor in recovering workers’ compensation benefits. You do not have to show that someone other than you was at fault in order to recover benefits.
Chemicals that can cause health problems are found in a wide array of work environments. They are common in industrial settings, but certainly not exclusive to those workplaces. Harmful chemicals are found in:
- Cleaning solvents
- Paint removers
- Gasoline and other fuels
You May Have More Than A Workers’ Compensation Claim
In some instances, exposure to chemicals or toxic fumes can result in death, either immediately or over time. If a family member has died as a result of workplace exposure to harmful chemicals or fumes, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit that would compensate you above and beyond any workers’ compensation death benefits you recover. Charles can review the facts of your case to determine whether legal action in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits is warranted.
A work injury can occur through ingestion of harmful substances by contact with your skin or eyes, inhaling fumes or accidentally swallowing a substance. If an injury resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals or any other type of injury prevents an individual from handling his or her job responsibilities permanently, our office can help you pursue permanent disability benefits.
Our Knowledgeable Attorney Can Protect Your Rights
These cases are complex and can be aggressively contested. It is critical to enlist the services of an experienced toxic and chemical exposure lawyer who will protect you at every stage. Call 614-255-6134 or email us to schedule a free consultation.