Harmful Substances or Environments Exposure and Workers Comp
If you need legal help because you were injured at work through exposure to harmful substances or environments, you should contact a workers compensation lawyer. Exposure to harmful substances or environments can cause a variety of injuries and health problems that can prove to be extremely serious and disabling.
Harmful substances are defined as substances that when they are released into the atmosphere, water or soil, or when they come in direct contact with a worker's mucous membranes, eyes or skin, produce various kinds of health risks. A harmful substance can also be something as simple as an additive to food.
A harmful substance can be in several different forms. These forms include solid, gas, dust, liquid or powder. A harmful substance may also be diluted or pure.
Harmful substances are used in many agricultural, medical and industrial settings. There are several common harmful substances that are used in the workplace. These include:
- Heavy metals, such as aluminum, cadmium, mercury and lead
- Petroleum products
- Caustic substances
Environments refer to the settings, conditions and surroundings in which a worker is carrying out their job. Harmful environments are conditions that a worker has to work in that are dangerous, risky, perilous or unsafe.
Jobs with Higher Risk for Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments
There are several kinds of work where the risk is higher for exposure to harmful substances or environments. Some of these include:
- Construction work
- Manufacturing work
- Various kinds of repair work
- Cleaning industry work
- Inspection work
- Fishing, farming and forestry work
- Painting work
- Mine work
- Laboratory work
- Work with humidity, air movement and temperature within the work area
There is also what is known as an emotionally harmful work environment. This involves a workplace that is led by a manager who believes in demonstrating his control and power over employees, conveys no understanding or compassion for the individual issues and needs of employees, who frequently takes credit for the work of his or her subordinates and dominates others by way of intimidation.
Possible Injuries From Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments
There are many possible injuries that may be brought about by exposure to harmful substances or environments. Some of these include:
- Liver damage
- Respiratory problems
- Damage to the skin
- Different kinds of cancer
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Lung damage
- Heart problems
- Kidney damage
- Muscle injuries
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Injuries from Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments?
The answer is "Yes," you can get workers comp for any injuries that you suffered on the job that resulted from exposure to harmful substances or environments. If you have been denied workers comp or your employer is trying to prevent you from getting workers comp, the right thing to do is to see a workers compensation lawyer.
A workers compensation lawyer will fight for you and do everything possible to see that you receive all of the workers comp benefits that belong to you from injuries caused by exposure to harmful substances or environments in your workplace.