Explosion & Chemical Exposure Lawyers in Houston
Securing Compensation for Workplace Injuries Caused by Toxic Hazards
Toxic chemicals are used every day in medicine, agriculture, industry, manufacturing, and construction. Harmful exposure to toxic chemicals may be purely accidental, but too often, the exposure occurs as a result of deliberate or negligent industry practices. Toxic chemicals may even contribute to workplace explosions, which can cause burns and other serious injuries.
The law firm of lawyers at FileASuit.com can help to determine your next step in a workplace injury case and provide you with the legal guidance you need. Our Houston explosion and chemical exposure attorneys at fileasuit.com have decades of combined experience fighting for the rights of everyday workers injured due to explosions and chemical exposure in the workplace.
Common Causes of Workplace Explosions
Explosions can be caused by a broad range of factors, from electrical fires to toxic chemicals. Understanding how workplace explosions occur can help you prevent serious injury.
Common causes of explosions in the workplace include:
- Combustion engines: Combustion engines are the dominant power supply for vehicles such as cars, airplanes, boats, and other large vehicles. Because they are usually powered by gasoline or diesel fuel, they can ignite and cause an explosion if something goes wrong.
- Electrical hazards: If static electricity is allowed to build up over time, a spark can ignite and react with a combustible substance, causing a massive explosion.
- Flammable liquids and gas: The mere presence of flammable liquids and gasses like petrol and methanol—especially in large quantities—creates a risk of fires and explosions. The more hazardous the nature of the work taking place, the more likely an accident will occur.
- Hazardous chemicals: Workplaces that handle hazardous chemicals like arsenic, benzene, zinc, and toluene must exercise extreme caution as a tiny spark can cause an explosion.
Workplace Exposure Stats
Workplace exposure happens when your skin is exposed to chemicals (called dermal exposure) or when you inhale toxins (respiratory exposure). Per every 10,000 employees in the United States, roughly two people are diagnosed with respiratory illnesses and almost four people develop skin disease due to their working conditions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Around the world, someone dies from toxic exposure in their workplace every 30 seconds, and cancer is the most common consequence of workplace exposure.
Workers are also exposed when they work with products such as benzene, coal tar pitch, TCE, PCE, heavy metals, and other toxins. In many cases, they are not warned about the dangers of working with these toxins, nor supplied with adequate protective equipment, resulting in subsequent cancers or neurological diseases.
Being exposed to toxic chemicals can cause many serious and life-threatening medical conditions, including mesothelioma, cancer, birth defects, and even death. The only way to know if your illness is the result of toxic exposure is to consult with a medical doctor.
If you are working with hazardous chemicals, some exposure may be inevitable, but you should be able to limit this exposure using personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety practices. In the event that you have been denied PPE or unjustly exposed to chemicals or toxins, reach out to the team at fileasuit.com for fast and effective legal assistance.
Initial Symptoms of Workplace Exposure
The best way to prevent the long-term consequences of workplace exposure is to identify the exposure right away and respond appropriately.
Initial symptoms of workplace exposure include:
- Itchy, watery, or burning eyes
- Nose and throat irritation
- Skin irritations or rashes
If you notice any of these warning signs at work, talk to your employer about your concerns right away. You may need to be removed from the environment or provided with PPE before symptoms intensify. Severe symptoms can damage your kidney, liver, or central nervous system, so you will need to act right away. Don’t risk your health—if your employer refuses to hear your concerns, we can help you!
What Are Toxic Torts?
A toxic tort is a personal injury claim inspired by exposure to a toxic substance, such as asbestos or lead paint. Victims of toxic torts may recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To win a toxic tort, you must prove:
- The substance involved was dangerous,
- You were exposed to the substance at work, and
- You developed an injury or illness as a result of exposure to the substance.
In most claims, the danger of a chemical or toxin is pre-established. As such, you will need to focus on proving when and how you were exposed. Unfortunately, exposure is difficult to show, especially when it takes place over time and the consequences of workplace exposure do not present themselves right away. We can help you compile the evidence and expert testimony you need to support your claim and secure just compensation.
Learn More During a Free & Confidential Legal Consultation
Toxic torts and workplace injury laws can be confusing and complex. Discussing your potential legal options with a Houston explosion and toxic exposure attorney is the first step. We are available to answer your questions and explain the legal process to you. For help building your case, please seek toxic tort assistance from lawyers at FileASuit.com today.
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