Being exposed to toxic chemicals can have serious health consequences, resulting in any number of ailments with temporary or permanent damage to your body or organs. The effects can be devastating – to you and your family.
If you are exposed to toxic chemicals as part of your job or while working for a company, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and lost wages. The effects of toxic chemicals can also extend beyond workers. A spouse or child can be exposed to toxic chemicals brought home on the worker or his uniform/tools, which eventually develop into an illness.
Effects from toxic exposure may not be noticed right away. It may take a long time for someone suffering from toxic exposure to develop symptoms – weeks, months, years or even decades in some cases.
If you or your loved one has been injured while on the job due to toxic exposure, you may be eligible to apply for workers compensation through your employer’s insurance. You have rights under the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act if you have been injured at work.
However, your employer or their human resource department or insurance company may not provide you with all the details you need to get the maximum benefits you deserve. It can be a complicated process. An aggressive and compassionate attorney can help ensure you know all the laws that work in your favor.
In addition, workers’ compensation payments for lost wages only covers two thirds of your average weekly wages. (See the PA Department of Labor and Industry Website.)
If the exposure to a harmful chemical was due to a third party, you may also be eligible to file a third party claim, seeking compensation for injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Having an aggressive Pittsburgh Work Injury Attorney on your side can make a positive difference in your life. The expert workers’ compensation attorneys at SMA Law Group do not collect a fee unless we win compensation for you.
Exposure to toxic chemicals can happen to any employee at any place of business. While it may be more common in construction and factory work, it can also occur in offices, restaurants or retails stores. Many businesses are located in older buildings where asbestos or mold may be prevalent causing even stationary office personnel to become sick or injured.
In many toxic exposure cases, it is found that there was a failure to provide protective gear, improper labeling of materials, poor ventilation or improper storage of chemicals – just to name a few of the potential causes.
Companies are required to provide proper training and education regarding toxins, chemicals and hazards in the workplace, but it is not always enough to prevent exposure, contamination and/or injuries.
Some of the most common toxic materials that workers are exposed to include:
It does not necessarily take years of repeated exposure to suffer an injury or illness. Skin contact, fumes or ingestion of even a tiny amount can cause a person to suffer from some of these harsh substances.
Various illnesses can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace. Some people may only suffer slight injuries such as a skin rash, while others may end up with debilitating illnesses – or even death.
Common injuries from toxic chemical exposure include:
Toxic exposure to chemical illnesses and injuries require extensive investigation. In order to receive a proper personal injury payout, you must prove that exposure to a certain chemical or toxin is the exact cause of the injury or illness.
Injuries can be extremely difficult to prove since it may have been years since toxic exposure. You will require a medical diagnosis, prognosis and the help of expert testimony to help prove your illness.
Perhaps a third party – someone unrelated to you, your employer or a co-worker – was at least partially responsible for your injury. You can file a third party liability claim to recover for your losses beyond what workers’ compensation will pay.
Toxic exposure cases are quite complex and your attorney will need to have an understanding not only of the law, but also of industry, local companies, toxic substances and their effects.
Our aggressive and compassionate attorneys are here to guide you through a difficult time. Everyone has unique situations and we take the time to really listen to your story and fully understand your situation so that we are better equipped to fight for the compensation you deserve.
We will conduct a thorough investigation into your injury to determine who was a fault. We know when to negotiate, when to go to court and how to get you money for your injuries. There is no fee in simply talking to us and letting us hear your story.
Our expert work injury attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA understand how frustrating it is to try to put your life back together while dealing with serious physical injuries and the cost of recovery.
We will do everything possible to get you the money you deserve for your injuries and lost wages.We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case for our clients.
Our goal is to help you get the best possible outcome and maximum compensation so that we can make a positive difference in your life.
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SMA Law Group attorneys believe in aggressively representing our clients while maintaining the personal compassion needed when counseling clients through difficult situations and navigating a complex legal system. Contact us today.