San Jose Chemical Exposure Lawyers

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Construction workers can be exposed to thousands, if not tens of thousands, of toxic substances during the course of their employment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that certain job environments may expose workers to as many as a hundred thousand potentially unsafe substances including:

  • Dusts
  • Molds
  • Pesticides
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Pthalates
  • Dioxins
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Heavy metals
  • Insecticides
  • Lacquers
  • Paints

A variety of laws and regulations - both at the state and federal levels - exists to protect construction workers from toxic exposure and to provide mechanisms by which injured parties can demand compensation from a company, insurer, or state workers' compensation program.

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List of Resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ( ATSDR) – ATSDR is a not a regulatory agency. It is a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that provides scientific info as well as reports on trends in communities.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA) – The Department of Labor oversees OSHA, which regulates workplace hazardous substances. OSHA has set something called permissible exposure limits - also known as PELs - for approximately 400 substances found at workplaces like construction sites.

Environment Protection Agency ( EPA) – Pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, the EPA has federal authority to regulate certain dangerous chemical compounds and track and restrict them.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) – Another branch of the DHHS, the CDC provides info and statistics on poisonous and toxic chemicals that can be found at workplaces.

Kinds of Injuries that Can Result from Chemical Exposure

Broadly speaking, ailments can be categorized as either "chronic" - occurring over a longer period of time - or "acute" - occurring over a short period of time. Medical problems can include the following short term damages:

  • Dizziness
  • Amnesia
  • Headaches
  • Lack of breath
  • Blackouts
  • Burns
  • Lung damage
  • Disfigurement

Over the longer term, exposure to toxic elements can cause permanent brain damage, traumatic brain injury, disabilities, birth injuries, a variety of different cancers, harm to your internal organs, fibromyalgia and muscle damage, and more.

Taking Action to Get Compensated and to Staunch the Damage

Your first concern should be to remove yourself from any offending environment that could be causing you harm or potential injury.

A San Jose personal injury attorney can help you understand how toxic tort law works and how to make a claim to potentially receive payments for:
  • Medical bills/surgery
  • Vocational training
  • Time lost at work (past and future wages)
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of consortium
  • Long-term physical and mental therapy

A resourceful San Jose construction injury attorney will build a case in an attempt to prove that exposure to one or more harmful chemicals caused harm, property damage, or injury to you. To build an airtight case, your lawyer will likely have to launch a probing investigation and call upon the resources of experts in toxicology, pharmacology, and accident reconstruction.

Get the Legal Help You Need from Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP

Again, it's important not to delay seeking advice about how to proceed because the longer you continue laboring at a dangerous construction site, the more damage you will likely suffer, and the more difficult it may be to prove that your employer or some other party violated OSHA regulations or other laws or safety practices.

Speak with our skilled and accomplished San Jose construction accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP immediately to get input on your case. Call or firm at (800) 900-0863 to learn more about Northern California personal injury law.

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