Some work calls for interaction with chemicals and other toxic substances. But what happens when employees are wrongfully exposed and suffer acute injuries such as chemical burns, poisonings or other long-term illnesses?
Fires, spills, electrical malfunctions and exposure to toxic substances can cause untold damage to employees who were not provided with proper equipment. Dangerous substances may include asbestos, benzene, chromium compounds, silica and radium—but any substance that harms an employee could be the subject of a personal injury lawsuit.
When an employee has been harmed (either immediately or after months or years of exposure), that employee usually has the ability to sue the manufacturer of the substance or the manufacturer of the ineffective safety equipment. It’s best to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney who can explain your rights and negotiate the best outcome if you have a case to be made.
While it’s best to file a claim soon after the toxic injury, cases may still be made if time has passed, especially in the cases of latent illnesses.
You have the legal right to be and feel safe at your place of work. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), employers are bound to provide a workplace free from serious hazards and establish safe working conditions.
If you have been injured on the job, don’t hesitate to contact the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Barry Law Group. Principal attorneys Carl Barry and Brett Burlison will fight tirelessly for your rights and for the compensation you deserve. Call the office today to schedule a consultation.