Toxic Exposure

Arlington Heights Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

At Ahmad Law Firm, we are committed to meeting clients’ legal needs. With 24/7 availability, we have guided hundreds of clients through the Illinois workers’ compensation process. Our Arlington Heights workers’ compensation attorneys are trial-tested and can uphold your right to a financial settlement. Toxic exposure is a serious condition that can lead to long-term or even permanent health problems. That is why it is important to seek experienced representation as soon as possible. Contact our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our dedicated legal advocates.

What Is Toxic Exposure?

Toxic exposure refers to any contact with harsh chemicals or other dangerous substances that can cause serious health effects. Workers who experience toxic exposure may suffer lung, reproductive, and neurological disorders. Headaches, miscarriages, chest pain, depression, and dizziness are all symptoms of toxic exposure, but the signs may vary depending on what type of chemical you are exposed to.

Toxic exposure at work may involve exposure to:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Benzene
  • Silica
  • Pesticides
  • Acids
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium

Toxic exposure can occur through direct skin contact, or by breathing in fumes of a chemical. While some symptoms are noticeable right away, other side effects can develop over time as the chemicals wreak havoc on your immune and neurological system. If you are burned by acid, develop a rash, or experience respiratory difficulties, it may be a sign that you have been a victim of toxic exposure. Chemicals, toxic fumes, and other harmful substances can cause extensive injuries. Thus, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

While toxic exposure can occur in a variety of workplace settings, those who work in medical labs or machine shops and factories are the most susceptible. Employers and companies who run medical and machine labs must provide extra protection to decrease the risk of an accident. Employees who improperly handle a dangerous chemical may suffer from toxic exposure. If you have been injured by exposure to harmful substances at your job, our Arlington Heights workers’ compensation attorneys can represent you as you pursue a settlement.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Toxic Exposure Injuries

Under federal and state law, employers must provide safe and comfortable working environments for their employees. This includes taking precautions regarding toxic materials. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) sets forth guidelines for employers to follow to limit the risk of toxic exposure in the workplace.

Specifically, employers must provide labels, safety data sheets, education, and training to all employees who handle toxic substances. Employers must also take precautions with airborne concentrations of toxic chemicals. If your employer failed to follow protocol, or an accident happened and you were injured by toxic exposure, you may pursue a settlement through a workers’ compensation claim.

In the state of Illinois, the statute of limitations is 3 years (or 2 years from the date of your last payment of benefits). This means you have 3 years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you wait longer than this period, your chances of receiving compensation may be limited. Our firm has helped many clients obtain favorable settlements for workplace injuries and illnesses. Whatever your situation, we can determine an effective legal strategy and negotiate with the insurance company throughout the process.

Dedicated Representation for Injured Workers in Arlington Heights

Ahmad Law Firm diligently fights on behalf of those injured at work. Whether the employer was negligent or a hazardous workplace condition caused an accident, our legal team can help you pursue compensation. We can investigate the incident, talk to witnesses, request a copy of your medical records, and help you pursue the settlement you deserve. With our Arlington Heights workers’ compensation lawyers, you can receive thorough and personal legal services from start to finish.

Call us today at (312) 702-0878 for aggressive representation in Chicago.