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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. 

Food Poisoning: Common Symptoms and Illnesses

While almost everyone experiences some type of food poisoning in their lives, most don’t realize how serious these types of illnesses can be. Contaminated food can cause life-threatening — even fatal — sickness if consumed. Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with chronic diseases are especially at risk for life-threatening conditions should they contract some type of foodborne illness.

According to data from the Mayo Clinic, “Infectious organisms — including bacteria, viruses, and parasites — or their toxins are the most common causes of food poisoning.” Food can become contaminated at any point during production, processing, or preparation. While the majority of food poisoning cases are mild and resolve on their own, this is not always the case. For some people, food poisoning can be so devastating that a trip to the hospital is needed.

The most common symptoms of foodborne illness are dehydration, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Symptoms typically occur within hours of consuming contaminated food. There are more serious symptoms that indicate the need to seek immediate medical attention. These include:

  • Frequent vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea, urine, or vomit
  • Diarrhea for an extended period of time
  • A fever higher than 101.5 F
  • Blurry vision, muscle weakness, and a tingling sensation in the arms

Here are some of the most common, potentially life-threatening types of food poisoning:

  • Bacteria – E. Coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Botulism
  • Parasite – Giardia, Toxoplasma, Amoeba, Trichinella, Taenia Solium
  • Viruses – Norovirus, Sapovirus, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A

Fortunately, most types of foodborne illnesses are preventable by taking the proper precautions in food preparation and consumption. Always ensure that meat, eggs, and dairy are unspoiled and properly prepared. This precaution should be taken with raw fish and shellfish as well. Prevent cross-contamination by ensuring that the juices from raw meats and fish do not come into contact with other food you plan to serve. Above all, make sure that frequent hand-washing is a part of food preparation.

Talk to a Contaminated Food Attorney in New York

If you or someone you know has contracted a serious foodborne illness as the result of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Food poisoning can have serious consequences, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable, like the elderly or young children. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our experienced attorneys do not take cases of foodborne illness lightly, particularly if a manufacturer or distributor of food products failed to meet safety regulations or knowingly allowed tainted food to be sold and consumed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a consultation to speak with our attorneys for free. 


Upper East Side, NY – One Seriously Injured Following Chemical Spill

Staten Island, NY – Worker Injured by Chemical Exposure at Water Treatment Facility in Oakwood

Upper East Side, NY (May 28, 2019) – Police stated that a large chemical spill took place on Tuesday morning, May 28th, that left one person with serious injuries. According to the FDNY, the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. in the vicinity of Madison Avenue and East 62nd Street.


Yonkers, NY – Eleven People Hospitalized Due to Carbon Monoxide Leak

Yonkers, NY (April 19, 2019) – A total of eleven people, including children, were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning after a leak broke out at a two-family home on Friday morning, April 19th. The incident occurred inside the two-story home in the area of Coyle Place and McLean Avenue at approximately 8:30 a.m. when responders were dispatched to the scene due to reports of unconscious people inside the house.


Henrietta, NY – Update: Names of Three Workers Injured in Chemical Spill Released

Dunkirk, NY – Woman Taken to Hospital After Hit by Neighbor’s Firework

Henrietta, NY (March 12, 2019) – Fire officials have now released the names of three of the five workers who were hurt during a chemical spill that took place on Monday, March 11th. According to authorities, 31-year-old Andrew Cobin and 19-year-old Steve Fousse are currently in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital, and 45-year-old Matthew Roberts has since been discharged.


Henrietta, NY – Five Workers Injured Following Chemical Spill

Staten Island, NY – Worker Injured by Chemical Exposure at Water Treatment Facility in Oakwood

Henrietta, NY (March 11, 2019) – Two people were critically injured among a total of five people who were hurt following a chemical spill that occurred on Monday morning, March 11th. The incident reported as a Level 1 hazmat situation, was stated to have occurred around 9:30 a.m. at a building located on Jefferson Road, in the vicinity of North Winton Road.


Airmont, NY – Woman and Two Teenage Daughters Injured After Carbon Monoxide Leak

Dunkirk, NY – Woman Taken to Hospital After Hit by Neighbor’s Firework

Airmont, NY (March 5, 2019) – Firefighters accompanied police to a home on Bolger Lane in response to a call concerning a woman and her two daughters who were stated to be unconscious due to an exposure to a toxic substance. The incident was reported to have happened around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5th.


Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY – Update: Three Critical Among Eleven Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Incident

Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY (February 25, 2019) – On Sunday morning, February 24, NYPD, FDNY, and EMS were called to the scene of a carbon monoxide leak that left several people injured. Original reports stated that six people were hospitalized, one critically; however, new information has changed that number to eleven people injured and three critically.


Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY –Six Hospitalized Following Carbon Monoxide Incident

Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY (February 24, 2019) – An incident involving a carbon monoxide leak at a building in Brooklyn sent six people to the hospital on Sunday morning, February 24, according to authorities. The seriously injurious incident took place at a three-story residence located on Lincoln Place in the Weeksville section of Brooklyn at around 7:45 a.m.


West Hills, NY – Carbon Monoxide Incident on Scott Drive Leaves One Dead and One Injured

Dunkirk, NY – Woman Taken to Hospital After Hit by Neighbor’s Firework

West Hills, NY (February 21, 2019) – One man was reported to have died as one woman was hospitalized following a carbon monoxide leak that occurred on Thursday morning, February 21. According to police, authorities arrived at the scene on Scott Drive at approximately 8:30 a.m.


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