When employees go to work, they expect safe working conditions. Not only is this a need to finish their tasks efficiently, but workplaces must also adhere to state laws regarding a safe environment. Even in an office environment, employees can face harmful conditions. These conditions may involve toxic exposure. Although this exposure may not be harmful at first, over time it can prove to be harmful. Individuals can face personal injuries from materials such as asbestos, lead paint, toxic waste, industrial cleaners, benzene and other toxic materials. With these materials, prolonged encounters with them can prove to be hazardous to your health.
Employees are able to seek liability for this injury. They can file a lawsuit regarding this matter. With this lawsuit, employees may be entitled to compensation in the form of damages.
Why is asbestos harmful?
Asbestos is a material that used to be used for insulating buildings. It was found that this product was hazardous to our health. Prolonged exposure to asbestos was linked to cancer. This toxic material can cause pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. With these diseases, individuals can suffer a great deal. It can lead to a life-changing diagnosis.
Can I collect workers’ compensation for toxic exposure?
If employees were exposed in the workplace, they may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation for toxic material exposure. However, they are then unable to file a lawsuit against their employer. Workers’ compensation protects both employees and their employers. Neither party is at fault for the incident that occurred. Instead, employees have a steady compensation to keep up with their medical bills and wages while they are unable to work. Employers also benefit from avoiding lawsuits when workers’ compensation is collected.
Individuals should file for workers’ compensation when they become aware of the effect of their exposure to toxic materials, such as asbestos. They should go to a doctor to acquire documentation of their condition and when their symptoms began. With documentation of their injuries and the effect it can have due to its extent, employees may be able to acquire the workers’ compensation they need to support themselves. If they are unable to work again, they may be entitled to more benefits that can provide for a more long-term resolution.
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