Construction sites are filled with potential hazards that can harm workers on the site, as well as surrounding bystanders. Because of these risks, there are many guidelines and regulations in place concerning work conditions and the handling of hazardous materials, such as toxic chemicals. When these protocols are ignored, or when a negligent decision is made, innocent people are put at risk. While all construction accidents can cause serious damage and injury, those involving toxic chemical exposure can be particularly dangerous.
Construction site accidents involving toxic chemical exposure threaten our Melbourne, FL clients and can cause damage to vital organs, including the brain, kidneys, and lungs. Here, we discuss some of the dangers of toxic chemical exposure, and how our construction accident attorneys can help injury victims collect just compensation for damages suffered.
Toxic Chemicals and Construction Sites
Nearly all construction sites are home to an array of toxic chemicals. OSHA, or the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has created standards and regulations regarding toxins that can cause bodily harm or injury at certain levels of exposure. Employers or property owners at construction sites are responsible for ensuring these standards and practices are upheld. Reckless or negligent actions at a construction site can result in serious injuries. Some toxic chemicals that are most commonly found at construction sites include the following:
- Crystalline silica
- Vinyl chloride
- Solvents and fuels
Each of these chemicals can cause serious injury, or even death, with prolonged exposure. It is important to be familiar with, and to practice, the OSHA standards regarding these chemicals to prevent such injuries from occurring.
Chemical Exposure Injuries
A construction site accident may involve either direct or indirect exposure to toxic chemicals. The types of injuries that are incurred, as well as the severity of those injuries, will depend on the type and length of chemical exposure. Some potential injuries of a construction accident involving toxic chemical exposure include the following:
- Respiratory distress
- Damage to bodily organs, including the brain, kidney, or lungs
- Damage to the eyes, or loss of vision
- Damage to the reproductive system
In addition to these injuries, chemical exposure has been linked to a number of illnesses, such as RADS (reactive airways dysfunction syndrome), cancer, lung disease, and a number of blood disorders.
Collecting Compensation for Damages
Victims of a construction accident injury involving toxic chemical exposure may be due compensation for damages suffered. If an employer or the owner of the construction site is found liable for the accident, injury victims may seek compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, the loss of wage-earning potential, and pain and suffering. It is important to work with a skilled construction accident attorney, such as those at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. to ensure your legal rights are protected.
The experienced construction accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. work hard to ensure our clients are compensated to the maximum extent of the law. If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals during a construction site accident, and have suffered injuries or illness as a result, we can help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about your legal rights for compensation.