While workers in some industries are more at risk, nearly every worker is around some sort of chemical in the workplace. If you or a loved one have been injured or become ill due to exposure to hazardous chemicals, you may need legal assistance. At JML Law, our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate your cases and secure the compensation you need right now. Contact our Santa Ana chemical exposure attorneys today so we can get to work.
Is Workplace Chemical Exposure A Problem?
When you look at the overall numbers provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) during the latest year, you will see that approximately 2.8 million people sustained workplace injuries and over 5,000 workers died. Unless you dig a little deeper into the numbers, you will not see that exposure to harmful substances was one of the leading killers:
- 531 people died due to exposure incidents in the latest reporting year.
- Millions of workers in the US regularly handle dangerous chemicals at their jobs.
- Around the world, a worker dies from toxic exposure every 30 seconds.
We have robust workplace safety standards in the US. Many federal and state agencies work to ensure that workers are provided with safe working conditions. However, chemicals pose particular dangers, both internally and externally.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that chemicals and other toxic substances can cause:
- Physical hazards including flammability, corrosion, and explosion risks
- Health hazards including irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity
Are These Short- Or Long-Term Injuries?
Chemical exposure can cause immediate injuries or long-term illnesses. When we look at immediate injuries, we see things like chemical burns that can occur to the outside of our bodies and internally through ingestion or inhalation. Many chemicals are flammable, so exposure incidents are often the result of an explosion.
When we look long-term, we know that chemical exposure can cause chronic health conditions and even cancer. In these cases, injured workers may not know about the harm a chemical has caused until years after they were initially exposed.
- Regardless of how a worker is injured or when they discover the injury, they should be eligible for compensation.
How Will An Attorney Get Compensation?
Nobody should have to work in an unsafe environment, especially when there is a danger of chemical exposure. However, you may need to seek help from an attorney if you or a loved one have been injured or become ill in the workplace. At JML Law, we have the experience you need to get to the bottom of these complex cases. Let our team get to work so we can secure the following:
- Coverage for all medical expenses related to the exposure
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party
If you need a Santa Ana chemical exposure lawyer, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident, give us a call at 818-610-8800 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation. There is no risk to meet with us. We get paid only if we win your claim.