Exposed to Harmful Chemicals at Work?
Our California Workers’ Compensation Attorneys are Here to Help You
Many jobs leave workers exposed to harmful chemicals. Sometimes, the chemicals are known to be harmful, and the best everyone can do is wear the proper protective gear. Other times, the dangerous nature of the chemicals is not known until later–such as pesticide products used by groundskeepers that have been linked to cancer. Whether you suffered a chemical burn, a skin rash, lung disease, or other conditions as a result of chemical exposure, if your exposure occurred at work or in connection with your job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
The California workers’ compensation law firm Invictus Law is ready to help you file your claims and maximize your coverage for your workers’ comp claim, regardless of the nature of your injury. Whether you were injured by exposure to dangerous chemicals, through fire or explosion, in a slip and fall, or for any other means, if your injury happened on the job, you are entitled to California workers’ compensation benefits. We’re ready to help you get the medical care and the financial compensation you deserve after workplace chemical exposure injury.
Health Consequences of Workplace Chemical Exposure
Workers are exposed to any number of harmful chemicals in American workplaces. Exposure to these chemicals can have significant side effects, from the acute to the major, some immediate, some delayed, and some that build over time. California employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workers are adequately protected from exposure, but accidents happen. Moreover, new chemicals are introduced every year, and safety protocols often lag behind as harmful effects might not be fully understood.
At Invictus Law, we help workers who suffer all manner of illness or injury from exposure to harmful chemical exposure. Some of the more common ailments suffered by workers after workplace chemical exposure include the following:
- Burns and rashes. Direct exposure to harmful chemicals can lead to an immediate reaction, including chemical burns and rashes on the hands, arms, legs, or face.
- Lung and respiratory illness. Workers are often exposed to chemical fumes while on the job, such as those given off by factory equipment. Inhalation of chemical fumes can lead to respiratory problems, including lung burns, lung damage, respiratory conditions like asthma, lung disease, and cancer.
- Neurological damage. Exposure to chemicals over time, including fume inhalation, can cause more than just lung damage. Chemicals can infect the body, enter the bloodstream, and cause damage to the brain and neurological functioning.
- Exposure to a variety of chemicals can cause ocular damage, leading to partial or full blindness, temporarily or permanently.
- Cancer and other diseases. Several chemicals that are present in workplaces and other buildings are now known to cause various forms of cancer. Talcum powder, pesticides, asbestos, and any number of other chemicals can lead to long-term illnesses, many of which are fatal.
- Acute symptoms. In addition to longer-term conditions, chemical exposure can cause painful and debilitating immediate side effects. Health effects of chemical exposure can include vomiting, dizziness, nausea, headaches, shortness of breath, tremors, loss of balance or coordination, as well as miscarriage in pregnant women. These effects can be short-term or long-term, depending on the root cause and the damage done.
Contact Invictus Law For Help After a Workplace Chemical Exposure in Orange County and the Inland Empire
If you’ve been injured on the job in California and need help securing fast, complete workers’ compensation benefits, call a zealous, compassionate, and talented Orange County workers’ compensation lawyer at Invictus Law at 949-287-5711, serving Orange County and the Inland Empire with offices in Orange and Ontario.