Workplace Exposure to Hazardous Substances

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If you work at an industrial facility, a manufacturing plant or anywhere where toxic or hazardous substances are regularly used, you can be at risk of a wide array of health problems. Under the laws of Pennsylvania, as in other states, if you suffer an injury or illness because of your work, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to obtain benefits. However, with exposure to hazardous substances on the job, you may also be able to seek damages in a civil action in court, if your injuries were caused in part or in whole by someone other than your employer or a co-worker.

There are a number of legal theories that can be used to pursue compensation for injuries caused by hazardous substances:

  • You may have been exposed to areas that were not properly ventilated or areas that were not sealed which contained hazardous or toxic substances
  • You may not have been provided adequate protective gear, including clothing, gloves, masks, and footwear. Employers have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that you have the proper protective equipment.
  • You may have been exposed to products that contain benzene or other toxic substances

The Common Types of Injuries Caused by Exposure to Hazardous Substances

The type of injury can vary greatly, depending on the substance to which you are exposed. Skin rashes and burns are common, as are throat and lung injuries caused by inhaling hazardous substances. You can also experience nerve and neurological damage or cancer.

Contact Fritz & Goldenberg

At the law office of Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered nearly $200 million in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.

Chemical Exposure and Cancer

The Risks of Cancer Associated with Exposure to Chemical Substances

Toxic chemicalsHealth officials have long understood the relationship between certain chemical compounds and increasing cancer rates. In a study conducted by Physicians for Social Responsibility, researchers found that cancer comes in just behind heart disease as the leading killer of Americans—about one in four people, or 1,500 individuals every day, die of some form of cancer.

In a separate study done in 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel asserted that nearly four out of every five cases of cancer are tied to some form of environmental carcinogen, from tobacco smoke to nutrition to exposure to toxic chemicals. The report concluded that about 34,000 deaths annually are directly tied to exposure to environmental carcinogens. Here are some of the main culprits:

  • Pesticides—We use pesticides for a wide array of reasons, from protecting grass, gardens and shrubs to minimizing insect-borne disease.
  • Disinfectants—Though these products kill germs that are potentially harmful, they also carry their own detrimental aspects. Beware of overexposure to chlorine, wood preservatives and other household cleansers and chemical products.
  • Industrial chemicals—Industrial facilities, from municipal waste services and food processing plants to mining and smelting operations, dump billions of pounds of chemicals into groundwater and air every year.
  • Chemicals in consumer products—Plastic packing and wrapping, building materials and even cosmetics contain carcinogens.
  • Exhaust from motor vehicles, as well as coal-fired power plants

The Long List of Carcinogens

Though consumers are familiar with some of the more well-known chemical substances that have been tied to increased cancer rates, such as asbestos, benzene and vinyl chloride, there are literally hundreds of chemical substances that have been tied to cancer in human beings.

Contact Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli

If you think you have been exposed to a chemical that has caused your personal injury contact fritz & Goldenberg. To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at (215) 458-2222 or email us. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary.