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Workers' Comp · Personal Injury

Toxic Exposure

If you've been injured in the workplace, we can help

Many jobs involve working with or near toxic substances. Laws and procedures are in place to help protect workers from exposure to these substances. But sometimes they aren't followed, or there is a work accident that results in exposure. This can result in injury or illness for workers. The experienced workers' compensation attorneys at Schweickert & Ganassin, LLP help injured workers get the benefits they deserve.

Toxic chemicals and substances can be found in workplaces such as factories, industrial plants, construction sites, pharmaceutical companies, chemical processing labs and trucking companies that transport hazardous materials. When required safety precautions aren't followed or something goes wrong, workers can be exposed to a toxic substance. This exposure can be a one-time incident, or occur over a long period of time.

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Many types of incidents can lead to a toxic exposure injury

Contact with a toxic chemical or substance can happen in different ways. A worker could breathe in toxic fumes, have skin contact with a chemical or even accidentally swallow it. Exposure to toxic chemicals or substances could result in burns, rashes, eye problems or damage to the throat or lungs. Long-term exposure could lead to neurological damage, breathing difficulties or cancer. Workers may be unable to return to work while they recover.

In Illinois, workers who have suffered an illness as a result of toxic exposure in the workplace are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits cover 100% of all medical expenses for needed treatment. They also include two-thirds of the worker's average weekly wage while he or she is unable to return to work.

But many employers and insurance companies try to limit or deny their responsibility. They may claim that the illness was not caused by workplace exposure, or insist that a condition was pre-existing. They may try to argue that the worker still in recovery is well enough to return to work.

Our law firm can help you fight for compensation

That's why it's important to have an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side when filing a claim for benefits. We know the ways that employers and insurance companies try to avoid paying you benefits. Our lawyers know how to gather evidence that builds a strong case for receiving benefits. And we represent you at all hearings and appeals if your claim is denied.

If you've been injured by toxic exposure at the workplace, call us at (866) 604-9075 today for a free consultation. Learn more about how we can help you with your claim.

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