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Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

Oakhurst, Howell, and Toms River Workers’ Compensation Lawyers serving all of New Jersey

A toxic substance is any material that is poisonous to the body of a person. Toxic exposure happens when the human body comes in contact with a toxic substance or chemical, which can include lead, asbestos, benzene, silica, talcum powder or other types of environmental pollutants.

There are several diseases or illness that can develop from being exposed to these harmful substances or chemicals which may include breathing problems, neurological impairments, heart problems, cancer, and other health conditions. Contact with toxic substances and chemicals may cause immediate reactions such as rashes, nausea, weakness, and in extreme cases death.

If you have been exposed to toxic substances or chemicals on the job and experience an injury or illness as a result, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. At Schibell & Mennie, LLC, our New Jersey toxic substance injury attorneys are here to help.

Exposure to a toxic substance or chemical can cause hardships in your health and finances. A legitimate job-related injury can make you eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. At Schibell & Mennie, we realize the harmful and devastating effects of toxic exposure and will help you take the legal steps necessary to obtain compensation for your medical care and lost wages.

The harmful impact of toxic exposure may be noticed immediately or might take years to develop. It can be difficult to recognize the full effects of toxic exposure on your health. It is important to move forward as soon as possible after incurring an injury or illness in order to obtain the compensation benefits you deserve, and Schibell & Mennie will be there for you every step of the way.

Industries and Professions Affected by Toxic Exposure

While almost any worker can be exposed to toxic chemicals on the job, there are certain industries and professions that put employees more at risk to exposure, including:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Firefighters
  • Construction workers
  • Welders
  • Oil and gas workers
  • Auto mechanics
  • Hair stylists
  • Janitors

When you work in any of these professions and develop an illness due to toxic exposure, you should seek medical attention immediately and make your employer aware as soon as you develop symptoms or changes in your health. Workers who are injured or develop an illness due to a work-related toxic substance exposure have protections and rights under the law.

Some Employers Try to Disprove Claims

Cases involving toxic exposure are complex and often hard to prove. Many times, an employer or defendant will try to discredit your claim to keep themselves from being held liable for your injuries. They may use the following tactics to keep your from recovering damages:

  • Claiming the worker caused his or her own injuries
  • Claiming the toxic material was released through natural causes unrelated to the work environment
  • Claiming the worker knew about the risk, but performed the work near the toxic area or handled toxic material anyway
  • Claiming the injuries of the worker are reoccurring conditions that are not related to a workplace exposure

Experienced legal counsel can effectively find evidence to counter these claims and help you get workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries.

Speak with an Experienced Toxic Substance Injury Attorney in New Jersey

If you have been exposed to a toxic substance or chemical and developed an illness or health challenge, contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC today. Our experienced New Jersey toxic substance injury attorneys can answer your questions, navigate the legal system, and explain your options, so you can get the compensation you are entitled to by law. Call or contact us online to request your free consultation today.

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