5 Types of Chemical Exposures That Could Merit a Personal Injury Claim

Lever & Ecker, PLLC July 11, 2023 Personal injury

Industrial, construction, and agricultural workers are often exposed to hazardous chemicals, such as solvents, pesticides, and asbestos. These chemicals are often linked to serious health problems and injuries, from certain cancers to neurological problems and respiratory issues. If you suffered harm due to chemical exposure in the workplace, you may seek legal recourse against the responsible parties.

Once a victim has been exposed to a toxic chemical, it can impact nearly every system of the body. As a result, workers suffer over 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths related to chemical exposures annually. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we fight on your behalf to hold negligent parties responsible for your chemical exposure injuries. We will investigate your accident and consult medical experts to create a strong personal injury claim.

5 Types of Chemical Exposures That Could Merit a Personal Injury Claim

Toxic chemicals are substances that can cause harm or injury to workers, causing serious health problems, such as chemical burns, respiratory problems, cancers, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top five chemicals that result in injury and could merit a personal injury claim include:

  1. Carbon Monoxide: Workers may be exposed to carbon monoxide at harmful levels in boiler rooms, warehouses, petroleum refineries, steel production factories, and other industries.
  2. Ammonia: Workers are exposed to ammonia through inhalation, immediately interacting with human tissue upon contact with the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. Exposure may lead to serious illness with heavy or chronic exposure in the workplace.
  3. Chlorine: When chlorine and other chemicals are improperly mixed in the workplace, workers can suffer serious injuries, such as acute lung injury (ALI) or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
  4. Hydrochloric acid: Exposure can cause corrosion of the mucous membranes, esophagus, and stomach and may produce severe burns, ulceration, and scarring.
  5. Sulfuric acid: As a corrosive substance, exposure can be extremely destructive to the skin, eyes, teeth, and lungs. Workers in the gas and oil, steel, and other industrial industries are at risk of injuries.

If you were exposed to any toxic chemical in the workplace due to the negligence of a contractor, manufacturer, site owner, or another party, you may pursue compensation for your injuries.

Recoverable Compensation in a Chemical Exposure Claim

In a successful chemical exposure injury claim, you may recover several economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • Pain and suffering (past and future): You may recover compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by your chemical exposure injuries.
  • Medical expenses: You may recover the expenses incurred from medical treatments, including hospital stays, surgeries, and therapy.
  • Lost wages (past and future): If you cannot work due to your injuries, you may recover lost wages and lost earning capacity.
  • Punitive damages: The court may award punitive damages, which are used to punish the liable party for their actions and prevent similar actions in the future.
  • Abatement of the chemical exposure: The liable parties may be ordered to abate the source of the chemical exposure, such as removing contaminated soil or cleaning up a toxic waste site.

The award-winning lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, can determine the value of your personal injury claim and fight for every cent of the compensation you deserve.

Contact the Chemical Exposure Lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

Chemical exposures can have long-term health consequences for workers and their families. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we fight to hold negligent parties responsible for the harm you suffered. We have 65+ years of experience representing countless chemical exposure victims and can navigate the legal process on your behalf.

With our 99% success rate, we are always prepared to go to trial if necessary. Set up a free consultation by calling (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632. You can also fill out a contact form.

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