Welding Rod Fumes and Workplace Toxic Exposure Lawsuits
Workplace exposure to toxic chemical is an increasing issue facing numerous industries including construction site, residential home builders, and government employees. According to numerous studies conducted over the course of decades long term as well as acute exposure to high levels of fumes emanated from welding can result in serious medical health issues. Despite standards and statutes aimed at reducing such exposure tens of thousands suffer the long term chronic effects of welding fumes. Victims of exposure to toxic chemicals and fumes in their place of work due to the negligent or intentional acts of other or failure to abide by OSHA regulation are entitled to full compensation for all their losses/damages. Monetary compensation for welding fume exposure is based on several factors including hospitalization costs, all medical and future rehabilitation costs, present and future pain and suffering cause by the exposure to harmful fumes and punitive damages – where possible.
If you would like to explore the legal options available to you after suffering harm associated with the exposure to welding rod fumes or other toxic fumes in the workplace, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to handle your claim and help you recover the compensation that you are owed. Contact us today.
Elements present in welding fume which result in severe medical issues:
Fumes from welding work emit numerous substances which can result in a host of serious medical issues. Below is a list hazards present in welding fumes:
- Zinc: Exposure to fumes can cause what is referred to as metal fume fever. Symptoms of metal fume fever include chills, nausea, general fatigue, and general bodily weakness.
- Iron Oxide exposure: Deposited in the lungs can result in lung cancer and respiratory failure.
- Lead Exposure: Long term intake of fumes containing lead can lead to severe anemia, general muscle weakness and severe effect on the central nervous system.
- Beryllium Exposure: Can lead to chemical pneumonia, shortness of breath, and severe weight loss.
- Other chemicals in welding fumes resulting in severe medical complications include: Fluorides, Chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, carbon monoxide, phosgene, and nitrogen oxides.
If you or loved one including friend and coworker have suffered harm due to exposure to welding fumes in their place of work contact us today.
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California Laws Regarding Welding Fumes
Based on California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section §1536, there needs to be appropriate ventilation or the appropriate respiratory protective equipment when ventilation is not possible. More details surrounding the California regulation can be found here. If your employer failed to adhere to the workplace regulations designed to keep you safe, they could be held accountable. You should explore your legal options as soon as possible.
Your Right to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you suffered harm as a result of exposure to welding fumes, you could have a number of options available to you. Can I file for disability? Yes, you can file for disability if the harm that you suffered after being exposed to fumes has left you unable to work either temporarily or permanently. However, affected employees typically file workers compensation claims. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that employers must carry to cover employee injuries on the job or harm that develops due to the job (like inhaling toxic fumes, for instance). Employees must file claims to be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits could include medical pay, partial lost wages, disability pay (temporary or permanent), among others. Receiving workers compensation benefits is among your basic rights as an injured employee. If your workers’ compensation claim is wrongfully denied, for instance, you might have to pursue a lawsuit.
Why Do Injured Employees File Lawsuits?
When workers’ compensation benefits are wrongfully denied or when the employer does not carry any or enough workers comp insurance, injured employees can file lawsuits to ensure that they receive the benefits that they are owed. In general, this requires the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. A lawyer can help you take legal action against your employer or the workers’ compensation company to ensure that your claim is taken seriously and that you recover the benefits that you are owed. For more information about whether you could file a lawsuit for the workers’ compensation benefits that you are owed, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm today.
The Statute of Limitations
Workers’ compensation claims filed in the state of California must be filed within one year to avoid losing the right to important benefits. Once the workers’ compensation case is closed, the claim can be reopened up to five years later given that the condition worsened or required more treatment.
If you are filing lawsuit against your employer, your claim will also be subject to strict deadlines. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you have to pursue your lawsuit for your workers compensation benefits, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm today.
Welding Fumes Exposure Lawsuits:
Are you ready to discuss your welding rod fumes and toxic exposure in the workplace lawsuit with the experts at our firm? If so, do not hesitate to contact our experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Our lawyers have many years of experience handling these sorts of claims and helping victimized employees recover the compensation (including workers’ comp benefits) that they are owed. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our experts, contact us today.
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We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee which allows you to access our lawyers and legal services without paying upfront fees. In addition, our firm works on contingency, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay any legal fees until after reaching a positive claim outcome, so you won’t pay unless you win.
If you have any further questions regarding a possible claim for serious and permanent injuries caused by welding fumes in your place of work contact our workplace injury chemical exposure law firm. All consultations with an attorney from the Downtown LA Law Firm is Free of Charge. The Downtown LA Law Firm is a Los Angeles California based National Injury Law Firm dedicated to protecting the rights of workers injured across the United States. (855)385-2529 More Information: Welding Fumes in the Workplaces