Toxic chemicals may have dire health issues for those exposed. Hazardous chemicals are common occurrences in certain careers. If you believe that chemical exposure has caused your medical problem, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
If your work leaves you regularly exposed to these chemicals, you are at an even higher risk for related health problems. Understanding your potential symptoms and how to move forward with a claim is essential.
The jobs that expose you to toxins
Certain workplaces are more likely to expose you to toxic chemicals. A few of these occupations include construction worker, plant worker, painter and miner. Examples of chemicals that these jobs may expose you to are asbestos, benzene, formaldehyde, lead paint or pesticides. Prolonged exposure may have negative health ramifications.
The symptoms of exposure
Two common ways that you may become exposed to toxins at work include inhalation and skin contact. Acute exposure of inhaled toxins may cause chest pain, coughing or throat irritation. However, long-term exposure to toxins may result in respiratory, circulatory, digestive or nervous system disorders.
Skin contact is another way that a chemical may spread. Short-term effects may cause red, dry and cracked skin. However, if the skin comes into contact with a more dangerous chemical, it may cause permanent scars from chemical burns. Under certain circumstances, inhalation or skin contact may cause neurological issues.
Delayed health effects may develop from either acute or chronic exposure to toxic chemicals. For example, exposure to asbestos may cause lung disease or cancer. After exposure to harmful substances, it is important to have a medical exam to verify and treat your condition.
The process to file a claim
If your doctor confirms that you have a medical condition that you believe is the result of your work, the next step is informing your employer that you need to file a workers’ compensation claim. They may then provide you with the necessary form to begin the process.