California Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Exposure to toxic chemicals might be from breathing the them or by direct contact with a person’s skin. That individual can suffer detrimental effects. If an employee suffers a chemical injury from exposure to toxic chemicals while at work, it’s highly likely that he or she is protected by California’s workers’ compensation laws. Just some of the benefits under those laws consist of medical coverage, temporary total disability and any permanent partial or total disability.
Common Toxic Chemical Exposure Illnesses
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers and management to comply with toxic chemical regulations while at work or while performing work-related tasks. If your employer or management deviates from those regulations, and you develop an illness or injury as a result of that deviation, California law allows you to pursue immediate workers’ compensation benefits. Upon retaining our law firm to represent you in your toxic chemical workers’ compensation claim, our promise to you is to leave no stone unturned in our investigation of your illness or injury. Here are some of the illnesses that toxic chemical exposure can lead to:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Lung cancer
Some Toxic Chemicals and Substances
Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause a short illness or a lifelong disability. Any such exposure can also lead to death. Pesticides, weed killers, asbestos, diesel fuel, carbon monoxide, benzene, silica, sulfuric acid, mercury and lead are just a few toxic substances that can lead to protracted illness or death.
An Employer’s Training Duties
As per OSHA regulations, if an employee is going to be working with toxic chemicals and substances, employers are responsible for training that employee as soon as he or she is hired. Here are some of the things that employers are required to do for employees who will be working with or around toxic chemicals and substances:
- Train them to detect exposure to toxic chemicals and substances.
- Provide information on safety standards.
- Train employees on protective gear.
- Train employees on complying with emergency procedures.
- Provide employees with an OSHA certified health and hygiene plan in case they come into contact toxic chemicals or substances.
- Provide employees with appropriate safety equipment.
Call a Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorney, Alice A. Strömbom, focuses exclusively on Workers’ Compensation Law and the rights of injured workers. She is very familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to avoid providing the medical treatment and disability benefits injured workers deserve, and has a recognized track record in combating such issues.
Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.