Mesothelioma and Exposure to Toxic Substances at Work
Perhaps the most well-known example of a toxic substance-caused illness is Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This cancer targets the mesothelium, the protective lining of tissue or cells around our vital organs. Symptoms include damage to the vital organs (especially lungs and heart), anemia, fever, weight and muscle loss. While Mesothelioma is dangerous cancer, it is relatively rare and requires direct inhalation of asbestos.
However, in almost every workplace, there is some danger of exposure to toxic substances. These include: lead; asbestos; pesticides; car exhaust; paint; and cleaning solvents. Exposure to toxic fumes can cause damage to the eyes, skin and other surfaces; rashes; dizziness; headaches; nausea and vomiting; organ damage; etc.
Employers are responsible for providing sufficient warning on any toxic substances in the workplace, and for providing protective equipment when necessary. Even if you and your employer have taken reasonable precautions, accidents and exposure may occur.
If you believe you have been exposed to toxic substances at work, speak with your employer and doctor. If you have sustained injury or illness from toxic chemicals at work, you may file a claim and/or contact a workers’ compensation lawyer.
Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.