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Were you exposed to toxic substances in the workplace?

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When you go to work, you expect to be able to do your job without threat of harm. Regardless of the type of job you have and the requirements set forth by your employer, you are entitled to relative safety, protective gear when needed and a work environment that does not needlessly or recklessly expose you to toxic substances. This type of exposure could leave you sick, debilitated or even facing the possibility of death. 

If your work makes you sick or you are facing other issues that relate to your job, you will benefit from seeking an understanding of the legal options available to you. It is possible that you are eligible for benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. This type of support may be available to workers who become ill as a result of their jobs or suffer some type of workplace injury. 

Your rights and dangerous substances at work 

It may benefit you to have an understanding of what your employer should be doing to keep you as safe as possible in the workplace. While it is necessary in some types of jobs to handle chemicals or have close contact with things that could cause you harm, it is critical to have safety procedures in place. This can include safe handling practices, the provision of safety gear and extensive training. Some toxic chemicals and caustic substances can cause irritation to the eyes or skin, lung issues or even a higher risk of developing cancer. 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers must identify the potential toxins in the workplace to which employees could face exposure. They must evaluate these possible risks and determine what steps to take to protect employees as much as possible. OSHA does have permissible exposure limits, but it depends on the nature of the specific substance and other factors. 

Did your work make you sick? 

If you believe that your work made you sick, you do not have to suffer in silence. You have the right to seek financial support through a workers’ compensation claim. This option would allow you to pursue compensation for your medical bills and lost wages from missed work, and to receive other types of support as you recover and move forward after a work-related illness.