Seeking Workers' Compensation in Toxic and Asbestos Exposure Cases
Many people assume that you can only seek workers' compensation if
you are injured in a serious accident at work. What these people don't
realize is that individuals have the right to seek compensation for ailments
they discover later on in life.
Sometimes, an individual may develop cancer or another illness from exposure
to toxic chemicals at a workplace. You may not discover that the chemicals
have affected your health until much later, but you still have the right to sue.
Toxic Exposure Claims
There are many different toxic substances that can affect an employee's
health. For example, you may suffer from toxic exposure due to the strong
cleaning chemicals you use as a maid at a hotel. You can also suffer toxic
exposure from dangerous chemicals and gases that you experiment with in
a lab as a scientist, or from the chemicals that leak through a plant
where you are an employee.
Oftentimes, the effects of these chemicals aren't realized until later
on in your life. You will want to talk with an attorney if you plan to
sue a company that you do not work for currently or if your exposure was
Asbestos is a fiber found in many construction materials. Workers who perform
jobs that involve asbestos have a heightened risk of lung cancer and other
cancers. The small fibers can be inhaled during work and can damage the
lungs as a result. Many individuals exposed to asbestos are diagnosed
with breathing problems and health issues later in life.
Asbestos is classified as a human carcinogen, which means that it can cause
cancer. Most often, asbestos results in mesothelioma or lung cancer. The
substance has also been known to cause gastrointestinal and colorectal
cancers, cancer of the throat, cancer of the kidney, cancer of the esophagus
and cancer of the gallbladder.
In addition to cancer risks, asbestos is known to increase the risk of
asbestosis, which is an inflammatory condition that can affect the lungs
and cause shortness of breath, coughing and permanent lung damage. The
substance can also cause other nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders,
including pleural plaques.
If you are suffering from toxic exposure or an asbestos-related illness,
it may not be too late to seek workers' compensation. Call our firm
today if you want more information!