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Workplace injuries caused by chemical exposure and toxins

As WWI was nearing its end, young women across America worked in factories and unknowingly exposed themselves to toxic chemicals each day. One group of such women, who later became known as the Radium Girls, exposed themselves to radiation poisoning by luminescent paint. 

As they decorated watch faces with this toxic paint, they inhaled it, got it on their bare skin, and even orally consumed it. As their bodies literally started glowing, and then quickly deteriorating as a result of the poisoning, they spearheaded the most iconic labor rights movement in American history. 

The right for workers to sue their companies for personal injury resulted from their plight, even as nearly every single one of them died from the exposure. 

If you are concerned that you are being exposed to toxic chemicals in your work environment, you are entitled to financial compensation. 

What are some modern workplace exposure risks?

These are the most common workplace chemicals you may be exposed to:

  • Aluminum
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Petroleum
  • Pesticides
  • Silica
  • Acids

How does exposure happen?

As with the Radium Girls, inhalation is the most common manner of coming into contact and ingesting these chemicals. But the chemicals may also enter your body through other means, including: 

  • Accidental injection, such as when a sharp object carrying that chemical pierces your skin
  • Ingestion, if the chemical contaminates your food or drink, or doesn’t wash away when you wash your hands
  • Direct skin contact and entering into your bloodstream

Where would this happen?

This list isn’t exhaustive, but these are a few places where chemical contamination may be possible:

  • Hospitals
  • Construction sites
  • Laboratories
  • Demolition sites
  • Factories

If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals in your workplace, it is important that you reach out to a qualified injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and options. Contact the New York workplace injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to discuss how we could help you. 

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Perhaps one of the most frightening aspects of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning is the fact that most victims don’t even realize when it’s happening to them. This is because CO is a colorless, odorless gas that humans cannot detect with their senses alone. Often times, victims don’t even realize something is wrong until they begin showing signs of sickness. Unfortunately, CO poisoning claims the lives of hundreds of people each year.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 25 thousand Americans must seek medical attention for serious cases of CO poisoning every year. Annually, an average of approximately 400 people each year die because of fatal CO exposure.

CO fumes are created by the incomplete combustion of fuels within machinery such as cars, trucks, stoves, small engines, grills, lanterns, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. If these CO fumes build up indoors, they can slowly and silently poison both humans and animals who breathe them in. According to the CDC, “People who are sleeping, intoxicated, or otherwise incapacitated can die from CO poisoning before they have symptoms.”

 It is extremely important to recognize the signs of potential CO poisoning within your own home, so you can reduce the risk of potential illness or death. Some of the most common symptoms of CO poisoning in humans include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain
  • “Flu-like” symptoms

CO poisoning is a silent danger that many Americans unknowingly face on a daily basis. To ensure that you and your family remain safe, make sure that your home is outfitted with an up-to-date, battery-operated CO detector that will immediately alert you should danger arise.

Contact a New York Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered a CO-related injury or if you lost a loved one due to the negligence of a property owner, know that help is available to you. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our experienced premises liability attorneys will seek justice on your behalf and take every necessary action to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

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