Advocating for Victims of Toxic Chemical Exposure
Seeking Justice for Injured Workers Across Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania workers are entitled to safe and healthful workplaces. Unfortunately, workers are exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace every day. Each year, more people are coming forward after discovering they have long latency diseases, like mesothelioma, caused by long-term toxic exposure. The legal team at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. are experienced in representing workers suffering from all types of occupational diseases and helping them obtain the full benefits to which they are entitled.
Types of Illnesses Caused by Toxic Exposure
When workers are exposed to hazardous substances, such as asbestos, pesticides and silica, they may develop several illnesses, some of which are extremely serious or terminal. Other toxic workplace chemicals include ammonia, arsenic, benzene, chloroform, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, lead, mercury, uranium, and zinc. Some illnesses caused by workplace toxic exposure include:
- Black lung disease
- Lung cancer
- Radiation poisoning
- Skin infections, injuries, and cancers
Federal Regulations Governing Toxic Chemicals
Chemical hazards and toxic substances in the workplace are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA’s policy is that engineering and work practice controls should be the primary means of reducing employee exposure and that respiratory protection be used, in addition to engineering and work controls, or when such controls are infeasible.
OSHA recommends that employers eliminate or substitute toxic chemicals with safer alternatives and implement changes to the handling process to eliminate or reduce the hazard. In addition or in lieu of elimination and substitution, engineering controls, and administrative and work practice controls, OSHA recommends that employees wear personal protective equipment to protect themselves from exposure.
One important OSHA regulation is the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS requires employers to be provided with information regarding chemical and toxic substances in the workplace, such as the identities of hazardous chemicals, how to handle them, and how to protect themselves.
Workers’ Rights in Pennsylvania
Your employer should be able to provide you with Material Safety Data Sheets listing information about all chemicals or toxins present in your workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that employees prevent or reduce their exposure to toxins by following all safety instructions, wearing personal protective equipment, and showering and changing clothes before leaving work. Your employer should also ensure that warning labels are posted on the chemicals and warning signs are placed in areas with poor ventilation.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation for Occupational Illnesses
If you believe you were exposed to a chemical toxin, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. According to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act’s statute of limitations, your claim must be filed within three years from the date of exposure or injury. There are certain exceptions to this time limitation, however, over time it can be more difficult to prove that the workplace chemicals were the cause of a worker’s illness and not another health condition.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Workers Suffering From Illnesses Caused by Toxic Chemical Exposure
If you believe you were exposed to toxic chemicals in your workplace and you developed an illness as a result, contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum workers’ compensation benefits for your case. We represent clients in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, and throughout Pennsylvania. Call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.
Our team also provides skilled representation to those residing in and around Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.