Many types of work environments expose workers to materials that could cause illness or injuries. Toxic chemicals can vary widely, and exposure might result in conditions ranging from skin irritation to serious burns to life-threatening issues, such as cancer. Despite strict guidelines set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding chemicals and workplace safety, millions of workers still suffer this type of injury or illness each year in the U.S.
If you were exposed to toxic chemicals and needed medical treatment, always discuss your situation with a Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
Employers should provide proper training and education for workers when it comes to handling or being around dangerous chemicals on the job. There should be adequate safety procedures in place and safety equipment issued to workers. However, instances of chemical exposure can still happen, and some chemicals that might be involved include:
These chemicals can cause different types of injuries and reactions to workers, many of which need immediate and possibly ongoing medical treatment. Some common chemical-related injuries include:
Whether a chemical contacts your skin, you inhale a chemical, or you ingest a chemical, it is critical to identify the effects of exposure on your health. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, inform your employer and seek medical treatment immediately.
If chemical exposure is possible at your workplace, you have rights under Virginia law. Some of these include to:
While the workers’ compensation process should be relatively straightforward, many complications can and do arise when someone seeks the benefits they deserve. If you are dealing with a painful chemical burn or a life-changing cancer diagnosis due to carcinogen exposure, navigating the workers’ comp process is the last thing you need to worry about.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can review your situation and help you pursue the benefits that you need to cover your losses. If your claim has already been denied, an attorney can help with the appeal process.
Never let your employer or an insurance company deny your rightful workers’ compensation benefits following chemical exposure injuries. The legal team at Hampton Injury Law PLC can assist you with an initial claim or an appeal. Contact us for your free case evaluation.
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