Many jobs carry the risk of harmful exposure to toxic chemicals

Categories: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. | April 23, 2018

A toxic chemical is a substance that causes damage when it is inhaled, consumed, or comes in contact with a worker’s skin.

Toxic chemical exposure can occur as a single harmful incident, such as a hospital worker who is burned by a chemical spill. Sickness from toxic chemical exposure can also accumulate over a longer period of time, such as an auto mechanic who is exposed to vehicle exhaust fumes every day as a consequence of their job.

While most employers train their workers on proper handling techniques, and provide the necessary safety equipment, accidents can still occur.

All types of employees- an office worker, a construction worker, even an employee in retail- can be injured due to exposure to toxic chemicals. When workers are exposed to toxic chemicals, they can develop a wide range of potential injuries including:

·Skin conditions
·Throat Irritation
·Lung damage
·The development of chronic diseases including asthma
·Nerve damage
·Brain damage

Because a medical reaction may not become apparent for days, weeks, or even months, many workers who have been exposed to toxic chemicals are unsure whether they have a case or not.

The attorneys at Krol, Bongiorno, and Given Ltd. have handled well over 30,000 claims for injured workers throughout the state of Illinois, and are prepared to investigate your injuries and identify options to recover damages. Call us at (312)-726-5567 to begin your consultation.