Chemicals and other toxic substances may inflict injuries to individuals who are exposed to them. There are even instances where the exposure leads to death. The demographic that is most vulnerable to toxic exposure and its effects is the working class, particularly the workers in inherently dangerous work environments, like those from the industries of construction, manufacturing and mining.
According to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, these victims may be entitled to compensation, especially if the exposure is the result of someone else’s negligence.
Most Common Conditions Associated with Toxic Exposure
Getting exposed to certain materials or too much exposure to them can result into medical problems, such as the following:
- Brain damage
- Eye problems
- Lung disease
- Rashes and other skin injuries
Common Issues in Toxic Exposure Claims
Usually, victims and their legal representatives should prove four things to make their claims viable. Such as the following:
- Proof that the negligent party has a legal duty – The party being sued should be proven to have the legal duty concerning the victim’s safety, which can be very easy to prove if the said party is a work company. These companies are legally obligated to ensure the safety of their workers, by giving them adequate safety equipment, enforcing safety regulations, and making sure that the workplace is in a relatively safe condition.
- Proof that the legal duty has been compromised – Breach of duty can also be very easy to prove, and the most common reason is negligence. Negligent acts on the side of the employer, such as failure to provide the proper gears for workers who are exposed to toxic materials, illegal dumping of chemicals, and illegal usage of substances that are known to cause health complications, are enough grounds for breach of duty
- Proof that the compromise has caused you harm – The breach of duty should be proven to be the cause of injuries or other health complications on your side, such as eyes problems, lung diseases, skin problems, and even cancer.
- Proof that the harm has caused you suffering – You should also prove that the injuries and health complications have caused you unnecessary burdens, such as pain and suffering, medical costs, lost time at work, and compromised general enjoyment of life.