Ocala, FL Toxic Exposure Attorneys
Many people associate an injury caused by a workplace accident to be physical in nature, but injuries may also be latent and subtle, as is frequently the case with toxic exposure. These injuries can be difficult to trace to your job but if the exposure is directly linked to the workplace, you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you or a loved one sustained an injury due to toxic exposure in the workplace, contact Schatt Hesser McGraw today.
Types Of Common Toxic Exposure
Commonly found and used in automotive parts, building construction, and roofing for most of the 20th Century, asbestos is now a well-known health hazard to workers. While use of this harmful substance is now strictly regulated or prohibited, many workers — commonly in construction — may still be exposed to asbestos in older workplace buildings.
A colorless and odorless liquid, benzene is used in many different applications and products, such as detergents, dyes, plastics, and rubber. Exposure generally occurs through inhalation but benzene can also be absorbed through the skin.
Mercury is found in many everyday applications and products, such as batteries, caustic soda, and electrical switches. Workers may be exposed to this naturally occurring metal in a variety of jobs and industries, including healthcare and medical settings.
Solvents are made from a variety of chemicals that are known to cause health issues with short- and long-term exposure. Common uses of solvents include use as cleaners and degreasers and in manufacturing many products, such as adhesives, floor polishes, and textiles.
Paints and coatings are found in nearly every job and industry, putting nearly all workers at risk of toxic exposure. The chemicals used to produce paints and coatings are frequently inhaled by workers through a process known as off-gassing.
Exposure to pesticides can either be direct or indirect for workers. Pesticide-use is common in agricultural and landscaping jobs. Workers in these jobs are commonly exposed through skin absorption and vapor inhalation.
Jobs With High Risk Of Toxic Exposure
All workers have a risk of toxic exposure due to the prevalent nature of hazardous chemicals, materials, and solvents in the workplace. However, the risk is increased for workers in high-risk occupations, such as:
- Factories and manufacturing;
- Healthcare; and
- Mining and construction aggregates.
Unfortunately, the injuries related to toxic exposure can take time to manifest, while many workers don’t realize the cause of the symptoms. A workers’ compensation attorney with Schatt Hesser McGraw can review the circumstances surrounding your situation and help you file a workers’ compensation claim.
Employer Responsibility To Reduce Toxic Exposure
Florida employers have a legal responsibility to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers to minimize toxic exposure to an assortment of hazards. PPE frequently includes full body suits, face masks and respirators, gloves, and goggles. Employers are also responsible for assessing the workplace or job site for potential hazards and controlling any health and physical hazard. This includes ensuring that adequate ventilation and safety equipment, such as showers and water jets, are readily available for employees to use.
How a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help With Your Claim
An attorney in Ocala, FL, with Schatt Hesser McGraw can be of great assistance when filing a workers’ comp claim for toxic exposure. Along with understanding the complex — and evolving — Florida workers’ comp laws, an attorney can make sure all necessary documents and information related to the claim are in order, such as:
- A report of the exposure has been made to your employer;
- The exposure incident is explained in exact terms;
- Contact information for witnesses is noted; and
- Healthcare providers are aware your injury occurred after a toxic exposure.
The attorneys with Schatt Hesser McGraw act as an ardent advocate for the best interest of every client. To schedule a consultation for your toxic exposure workers’ compensation claim, contact Schatt Hesser McGraw today.