Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. | March 3, 2018 | Workplace Injuries
New York workers who face exposure to dangerous chemicals in the workplace have rights. There are certain jobs that may place workers at an increased chance of contact with hazardous and dangerous materials, but there are ways that employers can and should protect the safety of their employees as much as possible.
One of the dangerous chemicals that could cause you harm in the workplace is benzene. This chemical can cause cancer and other health problems. Benzene exposure happens in the workplace more often than it should. You may not even know that exposure occurred unless you develop a specific disease.
What happens after exposure
Benzene occurs naturally in crude oil and other substances. However, it has uses as a solvent, and the most common method of exposure happens when someone breathes in the evaporated form. Benzene has the capability to change the way cells work, leading to detrimental health consequences that can be fatal. Some of the diseases that can develop as a result of exposure to this dangerous substance include the following:
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Workers who come into contact with his toxic substance state that they feel symptoms that include:
- Drowsiness or dizziness
- Rapid heartbeat and tremors
- Confusion or unconsciousness
If you experienced any of these symptoms or received a diagnosis of any of the above diseases, it is possible that you experienced contact with a benzene during the course of carrying out your job duties.
Individuals who become ill or experience the negative effects of toxic exposure in the workplace have rights. You may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim, which can help you recover your financial losses and compensate you for your pain and suffering. The benzene exposure that caused you harm could be the result of negligence and poor safety standards at your workplace.
How can you protect your rights?
You have the right to take quick action to protect yourself as soon as you learn of possible toxic exposure. There are legal options available to you, but there is no time to lose in seeking the full protection of your interests.
Benzene exposure claims are complex, and it can be difficult to understand where to begin or what your options may include. It can be beneficial to start with a complete evaluation of your case, securing the information and support you need to move forward with the most appropriate course of action for you.