Working around harsh chemicals on a daily basis requires a special level of awareness. While companies that use or produce chemicals for industrial purposes are heavily regulated and require special training, accidents still happen.
If your job involves working with potentially hazardous chemicals, your employer and any relevant contractors and property owners need to take all reasonable steps to keep you safe. In the case an accident still occurs, you may be entitled to compensation for your various losses.
Contact a Queens chemicals exposure attorney at Shulman & Hill to learn more. Our lawyers can review your case for free and offer the aggressive representation you need to pursue compensation.
Queens Chemicals Exposure Accidents: Essential Information
Dangerous chemicals and substances come in many forms. They include—but are not limited to—the following:
- Pesticides and herbicides
In order to keep workers safe, companies must adhere to OSHA’s guidelines and all other applicable laws and regulations. If your company fails to do so, you may be entitled to compensation if injured as a result of their negligence. In New York State—even if your injury or illness was not the result of another party’s negligence—you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as long as the cause of your injury was work-related.
What to Do After a Queens Chemicals Exposure Accident
If you have been unsafely exposed to harmful chemicals at work without protective measures in place (such as a mask, safety glasses, gloves, etc.) notify your supervisor right away. When dealing with harmful chemicals, it is best to establish a paper trail that you reported the incident in a timely manner.
Next, seek medical care immediately. This is critical even if you do not notice any signs of harm—an injury caused by chemical exposure may not present symptoms immediately.
In some cases, it can take years for cancer or a similarly severe illness to develop after you were exposed to a toxic chemical or substance in the workplace. This does not necessarily mean you are no longer eligible for compensation. If you believe your illness was caused by previous unsafe working conditions, contact our Queens chemical exposure lawyers for a free case review.
The Consequences of a Queens Chemicals Exposure Accident
The severity of your injuries and losses resulting from chemical exposure can vary depending on the duration of your exposure, the amount you were exposed to, and the type of chemical or substance you were exposed to. You may be left with the following when recovering from an illness or injury:
- Costly medical bills
- Lost wages (if your injuries prevent you from working)
- Diminished quality of life
- Inability to care for yourself during your recovery
- Ongoing pain and suffering
Queens Chemicals Exposure Cases: How to Pursue Compensation
Compensation for losses suffered from a work-related chemical exposure injury or illness typically comes by way of your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. New York State laws allow injured workers to file workers’ compensation claims when they are harmed while working.
It is important to remember that insurance companies are businesses like any other, and may work to do everything within the law to protect their bottom line. To protect themselves financially, insurers might try to look for a way to argue that your injury or illness was not genuinely work-related. They may go as far as suggesting you are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits because you intentionally tried to harm yourself in hopes of a payout.
For these reasons, having one of our Queens workers’ compensation lawyers on your side can be critical in determining whether or not you receive benefits. Our Queens attorneys can help you defeat challenges to your claim and ensure you receive the compensation that you may be entitled to.
Our team of chemical exposure attorneys can help investigate your illness or injury for evidence that shows how and when you were exposed to a harmful chemical. They can compile medical records, witness statements, workplace records, and other documentation that supports your claim for compensation.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If our investigation provides evidence showing your accident occurred because a party other than your employer was negligent, such as a contractor or property owner, we might be able to help you seek additional compensation by filing a lawsuit against them. A personal injury lawsuit may result in compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Insurers often prefer claimants to work with them directly as it may be easier for them to deny or undervalue claims. We do not want that to happen to you and are prepared to negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive the benefits and compensation that you may be entitled to.
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, we are prepared to challenge it by presenting your case to a workers’ compensation judge.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
You should feel confident in your decision when you hire a Queens chemical exposure law firm. That is why it is critical to choose a law firm that has a proven track record of helping injured clients receive compensation. At Shulman & Hill, our meticulous approach has helped us recover millions of dollars in compensation over the years.
We are dedicated to delivering results, not just promising them. We look into each case with a personalized view and have compassion for every client. Call us today at 212-221-1000 or schedule a free legal consultation online to learn more about how we can help.