As unfortunate as it may be, toxic chemicals remain a big part of many industries. Even though many of these chemicals are no longer actively used, they still remain in structures throughout the country.
Asbestos, for example, was used as a fire retardant and as insulation for many years. Over time, it was found that exposure to asbestos can cause cancer.
Lead is another highly toxic chemical that often makes its way into the workplace. Lead paint was used in both residential and commercial applications for many years, exposing millions of people.
Who is responsible?
When it comes to toxic exposure, you could suffer an illness upon contact or later in life. This is what makes determining responsibility so difficult.
You may be able to file a lawsuit against the supplier, a contractor, the manufacturer, your employer or even a property owner. Along with this, you could find yourself in position to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This often comes into play when exposure causes immediate harm and the inability to work.
If you work in an environment in which toxic chemicals are present, you should do whatever it takes to remain safe at all times. By keeping your distance and/or using the appropriate safety gear, you lessen the likelihood of trouble.
In the event that you become ill as the result of toxic exposure, don’t wait to receive medical attention. From there, you can report the incident to your employer. Finally, you can turn your attention to your legal rights, including the ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits.