There are many different types of chemicals and other materials in use in US businesses and factories. Some of these materials are considered hazardous for humans and the environment. Frequently, chemicals that were permitted in the past have proven to be toxic for those who are in constant contact with them. Materials that present a health risk can be found in our homes or workplace. The biggest problem is that we are unaware of the risks involved in their use.
Exposure to these hazardous or toxic substances is one of the biggest risks for workers. Two variables are used to describe the extent of the injury. The first is the concentration or contamination level. The second variable is the amount of time for which the worker was exposed to the contaminant. Toxic substances have three types of properties that can harm people or the environment: chemical, toxicological, and physicochemical properties. Workers who are injured due to any of these properties can receive workers’ compensation.
There are two main types of injuries from working with toxic substances:
- Workplace injury: one-time significant exposure
- Occupational disease: any injury caused by exposure over time
Both types of injury mentioned above can be awarded worker’s compensation in court, but these cases involve a complicated process, with strict deadlines and submission requirements. Representing yourself in court is difficult. It’s best to find a lawyer who specializes in injuries from toxic or dangerous jobs.
Any delay in the legal process can make things worse for you physically and for your case. Remember that chemicals can produce secondary biological effects. These effects can appear or become more intense if you allow time to pass. The phases that follow exposure to toxic materials include absorption, distribution, biotransformation (or metabolism), and lastly, excretion of the substance. On the legal side, your claim will not be accepted if you allow too much time to go by before reporting the incident. Therefore, it is advisable to seek quality medical and legal assistance for your case. Grupo MedLegal® connects consumers with participating lawyers and doctors for free.