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Workers’ Compensation for Chemical Exposure in Sacramento CA

Toxic chemicals are present in just about any industry. Every workplace falls under the purview of laws that have been enacted for purposes of establishing and regulating safety standards in connection with properly storing, handling, using and disposing these chemicals. When a worker is continuously exposed to toxic chemicals, he or she can suffer adverse health effects. Sometimes, those effects are severe or ultimately fatal.

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:

  • Asthma
  • Anemia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma

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

California’s workers’ compensation laws are intended to ensure that employees receive medical and disability benefits from the time of injury to the time of recovery. The injured employee need not prove negligence. He or she need only show that the injury occurred during the course of their employment by an anticipated and foreseeable risk of their employment. Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be a complicated and difficult process, especially in toxic chemical cases. We’re here to assist you, obtain all of the evidence and advocate for you throughout your claim.

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.