For many chemical processes, understanding the true potential of exposure is an ongoing mission. The only certainty in many chemicals is that side effects can happen if given enough exposure and a lack of treatment. If you've been exposed to chemicals by breathing, direct contact, or ingestion, think twice before accepting a standard workers' compensation agreement or a set settlement amount. The costs can change across your life, and understanding a few negotiating points can help you fight for the treatment you deserve.
Chemical Burns And Permanent Damage
The dangers of chemical exposure are not relegated to chemists and chemical plant workers. Anyone that uses industrial-strength cleaning materials, bonding agents, or any substance that requires a warning on the label is at risk of permanent damage.
Sanitation workers, for example, are often required to use powerful chemicals to get the job done. There may be certain contaminants that need to be killed with a chemical process or certain materials that can't be removed without an extremely caustic substance.
There are usually specific safety concerns that should be observed by workers. Protective gear such as goggles, gloves, masks, or even body suits may be required. If these pieces of equipment are not supplied or arranged for the employer, you need to take your case immediately to a personal injury attorney. Working with hazardous materials on the job without proper warning and protection is an issue that needs to be legally rectified as soon as possible.
Equipment malfunction is more difficult to decide on, but needs a lawyer just as much. Your employer may have chosen inferior products, but there are other areas of blame that could be observed. The manufacturer of the safety equipment or the chemical developer may be responsible if you and your employer observed proper safety precautions and still suffered damages.
Disease And Complex Physical Conditions
When chemicals are capable of causing cancer, impotence, hereditary complications with the victim's future offspring, or other complex conditions, the issue needs to be taken out of casual conversation and into the hands of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Chemical effects on the body are hard to understand and argue if no previous information exists. Even if a chemical is known to cause problems such as cancer, your legal team needs to work quickly to not only get you the medical attention you need, but a legal link between your ailment and the chemical in use.
Contact an attorney like Robert W. Sebera, PC to begin assessing damages, planning your defense, and looking for a way to get healthy as soon as possible.