Harm Due to Chemical Exposure

Bottle of poison that caused chemical exposure

Chemical exposure is a common accident, primarily on construction sites. With so many chemicals under pressure and being heated, it is no surprise that workers may be injured when something goes wrong.

The injuries that result from chemical exposure can be serious and last a long time. They may also affect your quality of life for the rest of your life. That’s why it is important to seek out the help of experienced Seattle injury lawyers. Contact Premier Law Group.  Our dedicated attorneys will help to get you full and fair compensation.  Call 206.285.1743 today to speak directly with one of our personal injury attorneys, and begin your free case review.

What Injuries Result from Chemical Accidents?

These accidents are often sudden and violent. In fact, a common way workers experience chemical exposure is when an explosion takes place.  It is also common when a leak occurs. An explosion can result in injuries by force alone. A leak, on the other hand, can result in injuries such as serious burns. Treating a burn, or blunt trauma, can be painful and expensive. It is also rare for worker’s compensation to cover all of the lost income you may be facing.

Furthermore, chemical exposure lawsuits can also arise after spending a great deal of time on these sites. Construction sites are notorious for poor ventilation. Those who work near chemicals such as these also may not experience symptoms for months or years.

This is why you need a good chemical accident attorney from Premier Law Group.  Our Seattle attorneys will help walk you through the process to get you full and fair compensation.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

The danger of asbestos has been proven by doctors around the world. It is a common building material, causing a variety of lung issues, such as cancer. Furthermore, the longer a person is around asbestos, the greater their risk of developing issues such as lung cancer will be. However, most workers in the United States do not have to worry about extensive exposure to this material. Workers in certain industries, however, will still need to be aware of the risk that comes with being around asbestos.

Workers tend to inhale or swallow asbestos fibers by accident. It is common in the air, however, its levels are normally too low to pose a health risk to most people. Construction work, however, often exposes workers to higher levels of asbestos. Furthermore, those working on older buildings are at greater risk for exposure. Insulation, paint, and carpet can also contain a high level of asbestos as well.

Additionally, when asbestos makes its way into the human airway, it can cause severe inflammation and also scar lung tissue. Also, when inhaled over time, breathing can become more difficult. It is not uncommon for asbestos victims to develop a number of other health problems, such as:

  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung disease

Asbestos fibers also have the potential to remain in the body for the victim’s entire lifetime.  Treatment of these diseases is often costly, painful, and difficult as well.  If you are experiencing any breathing issues after chemical exposure, contact Premier Law Group. Our Seattle attorneys can help you with your case.

Professions With the Highest Risk of Exposure

As mentioned previously, there are some sectors where asbestos-related problems are common. If you have one of the following jobs and are experiencing lung issues, you may have been exposed to asbestos.

  • Construction worker
  • Electrician
  • Mechanic
  • Shipbuilder
  • Packaging workers

Many of the illnesses listed above can remain dormant for several years. It is important to know that the EPA and OSHA regulate asbestos exposure. If you think your employer knowingly exposed you to asbestos, you can report the offending party to OSHA.

Employer Duty and Compensation in Seattle

It is an employer’s job to ensure that you do not experience chemical exposure. If you work in a sector that deals with asbestos removal, your employer should take the necessary steps to keep you safe and limit your exposure. If you can prove that your employer exposed you to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may also be able to claim secondary exposure if you have asbestos-related health problems. For instance, if you work in a building that is undergoing renovation and you are exposed to asbestos, you may be able to take legal action.

Expert personal injury lawyers Jason Epstein and Patrick Kang

Contact Premier Law Group for Your Seattle Chemical Exposure Claim

In Washington, the statute of limitations for asbestos cases is three years. If you believe you have been exposed, you will need to act quickly and hire a Seattle chemical exposure attorney. At Premier Law Group, our attorneys have the experience and knowledge you need to defend your rights. Call 206.285.1743 today to begin your free case review.  As always, there is no legal fee unless we win your case.