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Workers’ Comp Claims: Toxic Exposure

| Nov 8, 2018 | Workers' Comp |

If you are employed in an industry that requires you to work with toxic material, and you are exposed to harmful chemicals during the course of your work, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to recover financial benefits. In this blog, we explain what you need to know about toxic exposure workers’ compensation claims.

Types of Toxic Exposure

There are numerus toxic chemicals you might encounter at work that can cause serious bodily harm or even death if you are exposed to them. Common toxic chemicals workers are exposed to include:

  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Chloroform
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Iodine
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Uranium
  • Zinc

If you have been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, you might be entitled to other forms of financial compensation besides workers’ comp benefits.

What if I took Safety Precautions?

Even if you and your employer took reasonable precautions when using toxic chemicals, you still have the right to file a claim if you suffer harm caused by toxic exposure. Workers’ compensation claims are not based on fault, so as long as the injury occurred at work or while you were performing work-related duties, you have right to file for workers’ comp benefits.

What Should I Do if I was Exposed to Toxic Chemicals?

If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals at work, you need to immediately seek medical attention. After your doctor has evaluated your condition, you must inform your employer of your injuries and get the forms you need to write up an injury report. After you have taken these steps, you should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss all of your options under the law.

Contact Us Today

At the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin, our skilled team of lawyers are here to guide you through every aspect of your workers’ compensation claim. We will handle every detail of your case, from filing forms to collecting evidence to support your claim. Our legal team has more than 25 years of experience, and we are prepared to put our skills to work for you today.

Contact one of our San Jose workers’ compensation lawyers today to request a free consultation.