When you go to work, you expect to perform your duties and not get injured. However, when you work around hazardous fumes and toxic chemicals, there is a potential of being exposed to these dangerous chemical fumes, especially if employers have not taken all reasonable measures to prevent an accident of this nature from occurring.
Employers should take every precaution and safety measure possible to prevent their employees from being exposed to toxic chemical fumes; however, toxic fume injuries in Florida and throughout the nation still occur every year.
When an employee in Fort Lauderdale is exposed to toxic fumes at work, serious injuries and even fatalities can happen.Injuries to the skin, eyes, lungs and internal organs can occur and lead to symptoms such as:
- Long-lasting headaches
- Inability to breath
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of memory
- Joint pain
- Brain damage
Many different industries work with different chemicals.When something goes wrong or wasn’t done correctly, it could cause injuries to construction workers, painters, welders, plant workers, cleaning staff, and other workers in various industries. Hazardous fumes such as carbon monoxide, paint fumes, bleach-based products, ethanol, and other toxic chemical mixtures can cause Florida work accident injuries.
Often times, these accidents are the fault of the employer for not providing the proper training, safety masks and goggles, and proper ventilation.
If your employer has not provided adequate training, a safe work environment, or proper safety gear, that caused a toxic fume accident in Florida and left you with a serious disability, you may be able to seek compensation for damages. You may also have a claim if your spouse or family member died as a result of a toxic fume accident.It is extremely critical that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible after a work accident and injury, which will help establish your case.
Toxic fume work injuries can range from mild to fatal. Depending upon your injury level, the amount of financial compensation you are able to seek will determine whether you file for Florida workers’ compensation benefits or if you choose to pursue a lawsuit against your employer.
If you are a victim of a South Florida work accident and were injured by toxic fumes, a skilled Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation attorney such as David Benenfeld can help you. Call today for your free consultation at [number type=”1″] or [number type=”1″].