Every day we knowingly and unknowingly are exposed to toxins in the environment and unfortunately, these toxins are no stranger to the nearly 3,500 miles of ongoing construction in New York City. Toxic exposure occurs whenever you have direct or indirect contact with any natural or man-made substances or agents that leads to harmful changes to your body, or its ability to function. As such, knowing your rights is critical when it comes to worksite exposure and injury.
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INJURIES CAUSED BY TOXIC EXPOSURE
Often found in areas where moisture has collected. Exposure can cause serious health issues such as infection and asthma by inhalation, ingestion, or touch. Prolonged exposure can result in death.
Used frequently for roofs, electrical conduits, and tank linings. Exposure can lead to high blood pressure, abnormal sperm, and miscarriages.
Used in thousands of products, including: electrical casings, floor tiles, and attic insulation. Exposure is known to increase the risk of developing multiple forms of cancer affecting the lungs, kidney, and throat.
Carbon monoxide (CO)
When fuels like gas, oil, and coal fail to fully burn, they release CO which can trigger flu-like symptoms (e.g. dizziness, headaches, and vomiting) that can lead to unconsciousness or death.
Often used to kill insects, rodents, and bacteria. Exposure by inhalation, ingestion, or touch can cause rashes, blindness, diarrhea, and death.
Fortunately there are federal and state regulations in place to minimize workplace exposure to these and other toxic hazards. Among them, as outlined by the United States Department of Labor: “All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately. The training for employees must also include information on the hazards of the chemicals in their work area and the measures to be used to protect themselves.”
By law, violations that lead to exposure or injury entitle all injured workers to workers’ compensation regardless of who’s at fault.
Injuries caused by toxic exposure
Toxins can take a significant physical toll on an injured person’s body. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Burns, rashes, allergic reactions
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
- Lung disease
- Various cancers
In addition to physical suffering, an injured person can be affected mentally by:
- Neurological Damage
- Acute stress disorder (ASD)
Toxic exposure harms physically, mentally, and even financially. As such, no person should ever be subjected to such conditions in the workplace. But in the event that you or a loved one has been exposed to toxic substances, please seek immediate medical treatment so that you can focus on your health and recovery. That is what is most important.
Legal steps to take after toxic exposure
First and foremost, do not give statements to anyone without speaking to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Why? Because anything you say — to your employer, coworker, insurance company, or even your company doctor — will be misconstrued and used against you.
If you feel pressured, know that the law is on your side. You can respond by politely but firmly stating that you have retained an attorney and cannot speak to them.
FINDING THE ATTORNEY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
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