Have You Been Injured by Inhaling Fumes at Work?
Maintaining a safe workplace is essential for New Jersey employers and their staff members. Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause serious health issues that may require lengthy recovery periods. If you or someone you love has been injured because of hazardous fumes inhaled in the workplace, seeking the assistance of a qualified New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer is a good first step toward receiving fair compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses associated with these types of injuries. At the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group, we offer practical representation that can help you obtain the compensation to which you are legally entitled in the state of New Jersey.
Types of On-the-job Inhalation Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established permissible exposure limits for many dangerous chemicals and toxins that could potentially be inhaled in the workplace. These injuries can be caused by the inhalation of smoke, toxins or other hazardous materials. On-the-job inhalation injuries fall into three basic categories:
- Upper airway injuries result primarily from physical burns sustained by the caustic properties of certain toxins or from heat produced by fires. These issues typically require the immediate application of oxygen to patients to compensate for a loss of oxygen resulting from the inhalation of dangerous substances.
- Lower airway injuries are primarily caused by particulates in chemicals or smoke. These injuries may require mechanical ventilation or other supportive respiratory treatment to ensure the best outcomes for patients.
- Metabolic asphyxiation is usually the most serious type of inhalation injury. This condition occurs when inhaled smoke or chemicals interfere with the bonding of oxygen to cells inside the body. Prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals can result in death caused by metabolic asphyxiation.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to dangerous chemicals in the workplace, finding the right attorney can ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve and to which you are entitled under the law.
The Value of a New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
On-the-job inhalation injuries can result in time off work, lost wages and even permanent disability. The risks associated with inhaling fumes at work increase with the length of time to which you have been exposed to these toxins and the concentration of toxic chemicals and smoke in the air. At the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group, we offer practical help for our clients in seeking workers’ compensation and other financial settlements for their injuries. We work with New Jersey workers who have been injured in the course of their regular duties at work. If you would like to schedule a consultation with our team, call the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group today at 973-343-5736. We are here to serve you.
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