Construction workers throughout California are at a dangerously high risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances. If you have been injured due to toxic exposure at a construction site, J&Y Law can help. We are highly experienced in handling toxic tort claims in the California construction industry.
Construction sites are inherently dangerous due to hazards both seen and unseen, however, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with a safe environment. If negligence is a contributing factor to toxic exposure at a construction site that results in injuries, victims have a right to file a lawsuit to recover damages, notwithstanding the fact that work-related injuries are typically covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
Although workers’ comp provides limited benefits such as lost wages, medical care, and temporary and permanent disabilities, these benefits do not account for pain and suffering and other incalculable losses. Working with an experienced California toxic tort lawyer can mean the difference between obtaining just compensation and receiving benefits that fall short of your medical and financial needs. When you consult with J&Y, our legal team will work tirelessly to help you obtain the maximum compensation you need and deserve.
Because we understand your concerns about recovering from your injuries, lost income, and mounting medical expenses, your initial consultation with us will be free and you will pay us nothing until we win you compensation. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can get started on your toxic tort construction claim.
Toxic Torts in the California Construction Industry at a Glance
Construction sites are dangerous places. Day in and day out, workers are exposed to all types of toxic substances and chemicals, including:
- Chemical solvents
- Solvents and acids
- Flammable materials
- Carbon monoxide
- Industrial cleaners
- Hot tar
Many toxic torts in the construction industry are also related to exposure to dangerous materials such as adhesives, insulation and drywall, as well as traditional hazards like asbestos and lead.
Additionally, electrical, chemical, and mechanical injuries arising from the use of specific equipment can occur when proper hazard control measures are not in place. Finally, workers in confined spaces are at an especially high risk of toxic exposure at construction sites.
If you or a loved one was exposed to toxic materials and/or chemicals at a construction site, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established rules and guidelines related to chemical handling, chemical storage and toxic exposures. Moreover, state and federal laws are in place designed to prevent toxic exposure at construction sites.
Although these regulations and laws provide workers with legal protections, site owners, contractors and other parties frequently violate these laws, resulting in catastrophic and even fatal injuries. If toxic exposure at a construction site caused your work-related injury or occupational illness, turn to J&Y Law. Our toxic exposure lawyers are in your corner and we will fight to win.
Employers, Site Owners and Other Parties Responsible for Protecting Construction Workers
Generally, any party affiliated with a construction site is responsible for following OSHA guidelines and keeping the work site safe and can be held liable for injuries arising from toxic exposure. In particular, employers must implement safety measures to keep workers (and others) safe at a construction site, including:
- Providing respiratory masks, helmets, and other safety equipment
- Educating employees about toxic exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Helping workers avoid unnecessary exposure to dangerous chemicals
At the same time, workers are responsible for their safety. This means they must utilize the equipment provided to them and follow the guidelines to protect their own safety.
Potential Dangers and Health Effects of Toxic Exposure at a Construction Site
Workers at construction sites can be injured by toxic exposure to hazardous substances and chemicals in a number of ways, such as:
- Inhaling aerosolized or vaporized chemicals
- Suffering topical injuries from a liquid chemical burn
- Ingesting chemicals by breathing in or swallowing
The consequences of such actions can be harmful, if not fatal. Diseases and injuries associated with toxic exposure include:
- Lung diseases
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Birth defects
Regardless of how the toxic exposure occurs, negligent parties must be held accountable. Although toxic tort claims are complicated and hinge of vast amounts of scientific data, medical reports and other evidence, J&Y Law has a proven history of achieving successful outcomes at the bargaining table and in the courtroom. We will fight for your right to just compensation, whether through negotiation or litigation, and stand by you every step of the way.
Contact Our California Toxic Exposure Lawyers Today
If you have been harmed by toxic exposure at a construction site, you may be frightened and not know where to turn. Remember, J&Y is here to help. When you consult with us, we will take the time to explain all your rights and explore all your options for compensation. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.