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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 expose 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 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 & Goldenberg & 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.