Did Hazardous Materials At Work Make You Sick?
Construction sites are a notoriously dangerous place to work for many reasons. In addition to scaffolding accidents, dangerous machinery and falling objects, construction workers also have to watch out for hazards they cannot always see. Hazardous materials can release fumes and gasses that can cause illness and burns. If exposure to a toxic chemical or metal made you ill, you could have a claim against the company or contractor who exposed you.
The attorneys at StolzenbergCortelli, LLP, understand the complex nature of workplace injuries. With over 45 years of combined legal experience, they know how to maximize your workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation does not often cover all your expenses, however. Therefore, they will analyze your situation to see if you may also have a third-party litigation case against whoever exposed you to the hazardous materials that caused your illness or injury
What Toxic Chemicals Could You Be Exposed To?
Many different chemicals and toxic materials go into construction work. Some cause more problems than others. The materials that tend to cause the most problems include the following:
- Paints and varnish
- Industrial cleaners
- Dust from toxic metals such as lead
- Fumes from asphalt
- Dust from sandblasting
Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the state of New York provide protection for workers from dangerous conditions such as hazardous materials. OSHA guidelines require contractors to follow certain procedures when dealing with specific types of chemicals and materials. Failure to follow these guidelines could make them liable for any injury to you or others.
Different hazardous materials cause a variety of problems, including burns, respiratory illness, nerve damage and chronic illness. How will you know if exposure to a chemical caused your illness? Seeking proper medical care right away is essential for your recovery, as well as building a case against the people or group responsible for your exposure.
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