Work Injuries and Illnesses from Hazardous Chemical Exposure

Categories: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. | April 7, 2023

Every hazardous chemical in the workplace matters. Regardless of your job, your health should not suffer from exposure to toxic substances. However, in some industries, the risk is greater. Employers who have hazardous chemicals in the workplace must train and educate their employees to safely handle these chemicals appropriately. Despite all of the training and education, accidents still happen.

According to OSHA, more than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous chemical products in American workplaces. Depending on the type of profession you’re in, you may be exposed to chemicals.

Some common jobs with known risks of occupational diseases are :

– Welders
– Utility workers
– Airline workers
– First responders
– Factory workers
– Laboratory workers
– Construction workers
– Waste disposal workers
– Aerospace industry workers
– Flavorings & popcorn workers
– Workers exposed to nylon fibers
– Workers exposed to diesel fumes

If you become ill after exposure to a toxic substance at work, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If possible, bring the product labels that you suspect to be harmful. The most significant difference between chemical substance illnesses and other work injuries is how long it can take for hazardous chemical exposure illnesses to become apparent. Regardless of when you discover the ailment, you should alert your employer of the dangerous condition and fill out a workplace injury report.

An experienced workers’ comp attorney can help you in a number of ways. If you’ve been injured due to hazardous chemical exposure in Illinois, our legal team at Krol, Bongiorno & Given is ready to help. We know this is a very difficult time in your life, and we are sensitive to the stresses you are experiencing as a result of your injury. For immediate help with a work injury case, call (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online.