Cardinal Law Partners recommends that all workers that feel they have been exposed to toxins at their workplace, whether as part of their job or part of their work environment, seek medical treatment right away. Often times, the symptoms from possible toxic exposure are small or seemingly insignificant, but the importance remains that experienced medical attention be sought to monitor and document the exposure. When someone gets necessary medical treatment quickly, it increases the chances of a quick recovery. At Cardinal Law Partners, we have experience in reviewing toxic exposure claims. Our experience is useful in determining whether an injured worker has a viable claim and how to document the case before the employer begin to build a defense.
What Are Common Workplace Toxins?
Toxins at work include anything that detrimentally affects the workers’ person while performing their job duties. Such toxins might include any of the following:
- Biological Toxins: These may include dust mites, dander, and mold. These toxins are made worse when the workplace does a poor job cleaning and ventilating the workplace.
- Facility Maintenance Toxins: These toxins could be paints, cleaners, or fumes from new carpets.
- Air Pollutants: These pollutants could involve exhaust from engines, glues and adhesives, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
What Are Some Symptoms Of Toxic Exposure At Work?
Of course, the symptoms a person experiences at work depends on the toxin. Some common symptoms that could be a sign of toxic exposure at work include:
- Watery Eyes
- Runny Nose
Toxins that affect the respiratory system may create chest pain or shortness of breath. A common telltale sign of toxic exposure at work is the timing of the symptoms. If symptoms persist at work but are relieved after being away from work, there is a strong indicating that workplace toxins are contributing to the problems.
Occupations That Run Higher Risks of Toxic Exposure At Work
Any occupation might involve exposure to toxins. However, there are certain jobs that would involve an increased likelihood of toxic exposure. Those occupations include:
- Construction Workers: Whether it be the dust created from sawing or sanding, or the fumes from welding, construction workers are often working at locations with dirty air.
- Mechanics and Auto Technicians: These workers are exposed to all kinds of engine can vehicle fluids. Sometimes worse than the fluids is the engine exhaust.
- Refuse and Recyclable Workers: These workers stand the chance to deal with all the waste that comes from households and small businesses.
How Cardinal Law Partners Can Help
Lawyers from Cardinal Law Partners utilize their 50 years of collective legal experience to help hundreds of employees in all kinds of workers’ compensation cases. Attorneys Kristin Henriksen, Justin Wraight, Megan Callahan, and John Landry have collaborated with different workers that have been exposed to toxins at work. Our team also has experience taking these cases before the Industrial Commission.
If you wish to learn more about Cardinal Law Partners’ experience in handling toxic exposure claims, do not hesitate to go online and contact us about an initial free consultation today!