What if I was injured from being exposed to a harmful environment? If you have had to miss weeks or months of work because you were injured or suffered an illness as a result of being exposed to a harmful environment at work while doing your job for your employer, you are probably eligible for workers’ compensation.
Are you receiving these valuable benefits? If your employer has threatened you, tried to keep you from getting workers’ compensation or you have had any other trouble getting the benefits that are rightfully yours, you need to call a workers’ compensation lawyer and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Environment is defined as being, “the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.” Environment is, “the sum total of all surroundings of a living organism, including natural forces and other living things, which provide conditions for development and growth as well as danger and damage.”
In regard to workers’ compensation, environment refers to the conditions, settings or surroundings in which a worker does their job for their employer. Under federal and state laws, an employer is obligated and has the responsibility of providing their employees with a safe, healthy environment in which to work.
Being exposed to a harmful environment may involve several things. Some of these include:
Having to work in extreme temperatures, both extreme heat or cold
Being exposed to hazardous, harmful, toxic chemicals or substances
Having to work in a hostile environment
The possibility of being attacked by a person or animal
Being exposed to a stressful or harmful event
Being exposed to loud noise
Being exposed to radiation.
There are certain jobs in which the risk of being exposed to a harmful environment is greater. Some of these jobs are:
Police and security work
Farming, fishing and forestry work
Cleaning industry work
Work with temperature, humidity and air movement.
In addition, there is also what is referred to as an emotionally harmful work environment.
This is a work environment in which a manager or supervisor believes in exhibiting their power and control over subordinates, often takes credit for work done by his or her subordinates, shows no compassion or understanding for individual needs and issues of their subordinates and dominates subordinates through intimidation.
Several injuries and illnesses may result from being exposed to a harmful environment. These include:
Repetitive motion injuries
Different types of cancer
Once again, if you have had to miss weeks or months of work due to being injured or suffering an illness as a result of being exposed to a harmful environment, you should be getting workers’ compensation.
If your employer has threatened you, tried to keep you from getting workers’ compensation or you have had any other difficulty getting these valuable benefits, you need to call a workers’ compensation lawyer and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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