Skilled Workplace Chemical Injury Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA Helps Victims of Chemical Exposure Recover Compensation in Allegheny County and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Whether we realize it or not, we all come into contact with a variety of chemicals on a regular basis. Under some circumstances, the dangers of the chemical may be clear—such as in workplace situations where dangerous chemicals play a role in the work at hand and those chemicals are clearly marked as dangerous. In other cases, chemical exposure may be much more subtle, and you may not even realize that you have been regularly exposed to a dangerous chemical that can cause long-term illness, serious injuries, burns and even death. While in some cases, the link between chemical exposure and injuries is clear, chemical exposure lawsuits are unfortunately complicated by the complex nature of the chemical itself and the often-difficult task of linking the chemical exposure to the resulting illness or injury. At Matzus Law, LLC, our experienced Pittsburgh chemical exposure lawyer has the skill, resources, and dedication necessary to successfully help our clients pursue their legal right to compensation for harm caused by chemical exposure in the workplace, the home or even in your surrounding environment. We will work tirelessly to establish the causal link between exposure to the chemical and the harm you have suffered.
If you believe that you or a loved one have suffered illness or injury as a result of chemical exposure in Western Pennsylvania, call or contact our experienced lawyer for a no-cost consultation to explore options in your case today.
Circumstances Where Chemical Exposure May Cause Harm
Both federal and state laws regulate the use of dangerous chemicals, as well as necessary labeling and other safety standards designed to protect you from the potential adverse consequences of exposure. These safeguards can be as simple as the warning label on a bottle of pesticides or as complex as the workplace safety guidelines that apply to those who work with dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. This should highlight the fact that chemical exposure can occur under any number of circumstances, including:
- Sudden workplace exposure. Dangerous chemicals are often used or present in factories, refineries, chemical plants, hospitals, and even construction sites. While federal regulations, such as OSHA, provide strict safety guidelines that must be followed in handling these chemicals, accidents can happen for any number of reasons, resulting in serious injury and illness.
- Long-term workplace exposure. In some circumstances where chemical exposure occurs in the workplace, the danger is not the immediate consequences of the chemical exposure, but in the dangers posed by long-term exposure to a chemical where the danger is not immediately apparent—such as exhaust fumes that cause lung damage over time or cleaning solutions that result in chemical burns.
- Exposure in the home. Chemical exposure in the home can be just as damaging as that sustained in the workplace. Cleaning products, pesticides and even dangerous chemicals contained in the walls around you can cause illness through long-term or regular exposure.
- Environmental exposure. Chemical exposure can cause illness and injuries where the chemical is present in your surrounding environment—whether through intentional dumping of the chemical, a slow leakage or even an accident involving a truck or train that was carrying the dangerous chemical.
Experienced Pittsburgh Chemical Exposure Lawyer Dedicated to Recovering Maximum Compensation for Clients Harmed by Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals
At Matzus Law, LLC, our dedicated Pittsburgh chemical exposure lawyer, Jason Matzus, is committed to identifying the cause of your chemical exposure so that we can hold the negligent or reckless parties responsible. Specific examples of how chemical exposure may occur include:
- Misrepresentation as to the dangerous nature of a chemical product
- Improper storage of dangerous chemicals in the workplace
- Illegal dumping of toxic chemicals into the environment
- Inadequate information as to the requirements for safely handling a dangerous chemical in the workplace or home
- Improper safety measures taken when disposing of a dangerous chemical
Regardless of how you or your loved one were exposed to a toxic chemical, the resulting medical conditions can be severe and lasting. Chemical exposure may result in:
- Severe burns
- Respiratory distress
- Lung disease
- Birth defects
Call Today to Discuss Your Legal Right to Compensation with Our Seasoned Butler, PA Chemical Exposure Lawyer
Understanding your legal rights following a chemical exposure accident is the first step to recovering compensation for the often-serious injuries that may have resulted. At Matzus Law, LLC, our seasoned Pittsburg-area personal injury lawyer is dedicated to getting justice for our injured clients and will stand by your side every step of the way. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation to discuss your rights, you can call our office or submit this online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chemical Exposure Claims
The root cause of the chemical exposure will help us determine which person or entity can be held responsible for the resulting harm. For example, in the workplace setting, your employer may be held responsible for failing to implement proper safety protocols with respect to the chemical. A manufacturer of a chemical can be held responsible for misrepresenting the dangers associated with using the chemical. A company charged with disposing of a dangerous chemical can be held responsible for failing to take appropriate safety measures to protect those in the vicinity of the environment where it was disposed.
You can recover compensation for all of the expenses associated with the harm caused, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, ongoing medical care, lost earning potential and any other out-of-pocket expenses relating to the illness or injury. You can also recover compensation for the pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life that the chemical exposure caused. In some cases, such as where dangerous chemicals were illegally dumped, you may even be able to recover punitive damages designed to punish the party responsible for the exposure.