Advocates for Injured NY Construction Workers

You likely breathe toxic fumes, gases, vapors and particles every day on the construction site. These dangerous substances can cause acute and chronic diseases that harm your brain, lungs, heart, nerves, liver, skin and other organs. Often, the damage is irreversible and permanent.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. investigates your inhalation injury to discover the source of the toxicity and which corporations and people are to blame. Depending upon the circumstances of your exposure, we may pursue the property owner, contractor, their agents, your employer or the manufacturer of the hazardous chemical.

Our law firm has exclusively focused on personal injury and wrongful death cases for more than 30 years. Our lawyers are experts in construction site accidents and chemical exposure claims. We also have access to top doctors, chemists, environmental engineers and other specialists who help our New York City construction accident attorneys isolate the chemical that harmed you, identify the manufacturer of the chemical, link exposure to your workplace and recover the money and benefits you deserve.

Inhalation Diseases

Inhalation injuries may occur if you breathe toxic substances produced by fire, explosion, leak or as a byproduct of construction-related activities. The level of exposure may intensify if you are trapped in an enclosed space, such as an underground tunnel or a small room, or you endure prolonged exposure.

In acute cases of exposure, you may experience frightening symptoms, such as burning eyes, nose and throat, coughing, trouble breathing, dizziness and nausea. However, you may have no symptoms upon exposure and yet have suffered serious damages. Symptoms may lay dormant for years, making causation more difficult to prove.

Inhalation of toxic substances can result in such deadly diseases as:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Other rare cancers
  • Beryllium disease
  • Byssinosis
  • Silicosis
  • Tracheitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Brain damage
  • Nerve damage

Preventing Inhalation Injuries

The property owner, contractor, their agents and your employer have a duty to prevent inhalation injuries and to effectively respond should you be exposed. Appropriate precautions for workers who are welding, cutting, sanding or painting or engaged in demolition, trenching and other high-exposure occupations might include:

  • Using breathing apparatuses or respiratory face masks
  • Wearing protective work uniforms to avoid carrying toxins home on clothing and shoes
  • Ventilating the space where the toxic chemicals are used
  • Implementing emergency plans in cases of chemical spill or exposure on the worksite
  • Building quick exits from enclosed areas that could become filled with toxins
  • Training workers in proper handling, storage and disposal of toxic chemicals and in exposure recognition and response
  • Providing immediate, effective medical care to any worker who is exposed to toxic chemicals

Learn More about Recovering for Inhalation Injuries

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free no-risk construction accident evaluation. Our wrongful death and personal injury firm has offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. Our contingency fee plan means you do not pay us unless we are successful in recovering money for you.