Chicago Toxic Chemical Exposure Lawyer
Chemicals of all types are used in many different occupations such as acids and cleaning agents regularly used in many industrial workplaces.
Some of these chemicals have a high risk of injury or even death for the employees that work with them. 12% of the occupational fatalities in 2018 were from chemicals or environmental exposures.
It is crucial that employers are providing a safe environment for their employees and protecting them from chemical exposure injuries.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC helps Illinois workers injured due to chemical exposure recover the compensation that they are entitled to from all responsible parties.
If you or a loved one was injured due to toxic chemical exposure at work or home, contact our office today for a free consultation with an experienced attorney who will advise you of your legal options--- without any out-of-pocket expense on your end.
Types of Chemical Exposure Injuries
Simple exposure accounts for an estimated 94% of occupational toxic chemical injuries. Simple exposure is defined as direct contact such as skin exposure, inhalation or ingestion of a chemical. The other 6% of chemical injuries are attributed to incidental exposures from explosions or contact with equipment.
According to a study that looked at the chemical injury statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA data from 1992-2006, almost 88% of all toxic chemical injuries involve these body parts:
In the study, 30% of the occupational injuries over the 15-year period were to the eyes. Three types of eye injuries are common with chemicals. The most severe is alkali burns, which can cause severe injury to both the internal and external areas of the eye.
Acid burns are also serious, however they generally only affect the outer portions of the eye. Irritants are the third type of injury but usually only cause discomfort versus permanent damage.
Chemicals that are inhaled or ingested can be harmful to almost every function within the body. Depending on the chemical and how it is exposed to the body, there can be serious effects on the respiratory, renal, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems.
Asbestos is one chemical that is now known to cause mesothelioma and other lung disease that can be fatal.
Upper Extremities or Trunk
The hands, arms and torso are all at high risk for chemical injuries; usually chemical burns from chemicals being handled by the employee.
Since almost every part of the body can be harmed from chemicals, many injuries that occur have long-term implications for the victims. There can be permanent disability and some effects such as cancer or other organ dysfunction that may take years to surface.
Employee Chemical Safety Necessary to Reduce Chance of Exposure to Chemicals
The Occupational Health and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict regulations for employers regarding the handling and exposure to chemicals. If an employer does not provide the proper safety protection for their employees from chemicals on the job, they may be liable for any injury that occurs.
Since these injuries can be severe, the financial cost may be substantial and workers should obtain legal representation. Losses that the employer may be responsible for can include medical costs, wages, rehabilitation, plastic surgery as well as pain and suffering.
Work-Related Injuries Due to a Toxic Substance
If you or your loved one experienced an injury or died from exposure to hazardous chemicals, you may have legal rights to recover compensation. Your options for pursuing a legal claim will depend on the context of your exposure.
If you were exposed to toxic chemicals at work, you will have a workers' compensation case. Under Illinois Workers Compensation law, you can receive compensation for your lost wages and medical care. However, the law does not address pain and suffering and other intangible losses.
Other Legal Recourse for People Injured Due to Toxic Chemicals
In Illinois, an injured worker cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer.
However, if another entity-- other than your employer-- is partially responsible for your injuries, you may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit to recover compensation that goes beyond what is affording to you under the workers compensation.
When pursuing a toxic exposure lawsuit, an injured person can recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical care
- Disability related to their condition
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
In a situation where a loved one has died of injuries caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals, the family of the deceased may pursue a wrongful death claim under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act to recover for their economic and non-economic losses.
If you have questions about your legal rights, please contact our chemical exposure attorneys for a free consultation.
Chicago, Illinois Chemical Exposure Injury Lawyers
Have you or a family member suffered injuries during toxic chemical exposure? Contact our exposure lawyers to schedule a free no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation.
Our Chicago, Illinois chemical exposure attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide legal counsel on filing and resolving toxic tort compensation claims.
Our law firm does not charge legal fees until after the compensation case is successfully resolved.
Did your family lose a loved one through a preventable death caused by another's negligence? You can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages, including medical bills, lost earnings, funeral and burial costs, pain, and suffering.
All information you and your loved ones share with our personal injury lawyers remains private and confidential through an attorney-client relationship. Our Chicago law office currently follows CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Covid-19 guidelines on social distancing to ensure everyone's well-being.
Our practice areas include workplace injuries, car crashes, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, product liability, and wrongful death. Our attorneys currently represent injured clients throughout the state of Illinois in Cook County, Dupage County, Lake County, Will County, Winnebago County, Aurora, Chicago, IL, Joliet, and Schaumburg, and Waukegan. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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