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When Chemicals Attack

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: April 1, 2015
When Chemicals Attack

There’s no doubt about it. Certain jobs are much more dangerous than others. Jobs where workers are subjected to chemicals and other toxic substances are among the jobs that can be the most dangerous. California has enacted strict laws to protect workers in dangerous environments, but if you’re injured or become ill because of toxic chemicals you’ve encountered at work, you’ll probably qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you choose to apply for workers’ comp benefits in southern California, do it with the help of an experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney.

Dangerous chemicals can be dangerous for two different reasons. There’s the risk of exposure to the skin or lungs, and there’s the danger posed by flammable or explosive chemicals. It’s absolutely imperative that workers know about the potential risks of any substance they work with or encounter. Proper training and procedures and appropriate safety equipment are essential. Sometimes unpreventable tragic accidents really do happen, but most workplace, chemical-related accidents are preventable with just a little caution and foresight.

If you are injured at work or made ill by a toxic chemical, report your injury or illness immediately or as soon as possible. Even if your manager or supervisor knows that you are genuinely ill or injured, if you delay making a report, your employer’s workers’ comp insurance carrier may deny your claim and suggest that you injured yourself at another time and place, not at your job. Report the injury. If you still feel fine after a few days, you’ve at least protected yourself.

Medical bills and other costs associated with workplace injuries can add up quickly. For those who have been injured at work in the Los Angeles area, get the help you need to obtain the maximum compensation available to you. Contact an experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney as quickly as possible.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.