Some industries are riskier to work in than others, and that is certainly true when it comes to the risk of chemical exposure. Many people do not realize that millions of US workers work around dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. Workplace chemical exposure injuries pose a complex set of challenges when it comes to securing adequate compensation. At JML Law, we are ready to step in when you need a San Bernardino chemical exposure lawyer.
What types of chemicals are present in the workplace?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that chemicals and toxic substances pose internal and external health hazards for workers and:
- Physical hazards include flammability, corrosion, and explosion risks
- Health hazards include irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that exposure to harmful substances or environments was a leading cause of worker deaths during the latest reporting year, killing 531 people. Many thousands of other workers were injured due to chemical exposure.
Chemical exposure in the workplace can lead to immediate traumatic injuries such as burns to the skin or eyes as well as damage to our internal bodily systems if inhaled or ingested. Chemical exposure can also lead to serious long-term chronic conditions or cancers that are not realized until years after the exposure takes place.
What can employers do to prevent these chemical exposures?
When we look at OSHA guidelines, we see that they have a list of workers’ rights related to chemical exposures. They know that the employer plays the largest role in preventing workplace injuries, and they say workers deserve:
- Working conditions that do not pose them a risk of serious harm.
- To receive information about all dangerous chemicals or hazardous materials they workaround.
- To review records of work-related injuries and illnesses for their industry.
- To be able to file complaints with OSHA when they believe they are at risk without risk of employer retaliation.
Employers should always provide workers with the equipment and training necessary to handle all chemicals in the workplace. Careless or negligent employers should always be held accountable if their actions cause worker injuries.
Let us get to work on your case today
If you or a loved one have been injured due to workplace chemical exposure, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. These cases can become incredibly complex, and we want to make sure you are treated fairly. At JML Law, our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Most of these incidents are preventable. Let us help you secure compensation for:
- All of your medical expenses related to the exposure
- Lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party
When you need a San Bernardino chemical exposure attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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