As an industrial services worker, you likely have various workplace injury risks that you face. Your chances of developing an occupational disease are unpleasantly high.
You can be exposed to hazardous materials through skin contact, ingestion or inhalation. The more toxic the chemicals and the longer that exposure lasts, the more likely that it is that you’ll suffer long-term health implications.
How toxic chemical exposure works
Some workers who gain exposure to toxic substances show immediate signs that they suffered harm. Countless others only begin manifesting symptoms after prolonged exposure to a toxic substance. Either way, a worker can suffer pretty significant harm.
Workers who experience a gradual build-up of a toxin in their system may experience a gradual deterioration of their condition. By the time they notice what’s happening and they receive a diagnosis, it may be impossible to reverse the effects it’s had on their body. On the other hand, someone who has limited exposure to toxins may eliminate them as waste from the body, leaving no lasting impact on their health.
What’s perhaps even worse about toxic exposure is that it doesn’t just affect one worker, but they can bring home hazardous substances to family members, making them sick. Birth defects and childhood developmental issues may pass on from an ill worker to their kids.
Do you have a valid workers’ compensation claim?
Occupational illnesses are covered under workers’ compensation claims, just like occupational injuries.
Getting your New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits approved can be difficult. You may want to learn more about the eligibility requirements and what it takes to overcome obstacles in your case.