Making a Personal Injury Claim for Chemical Exposure Injuries
If you were injured or hurt after being exposed to chemicals, contaminants or toxins, should you file a personal injury claim or a class-action lawsuit? You may get immediate physical injuries such as chemical burns on your skin or develop breathing or vision problems after exposure to toxins. A personal injury lawyer may help evaluate your situation and determine if you should file a personal injury claim or another type of legal action.
Common Sources of Chemical Injuries
Some of the common types of chemical exposure that cause injuries include toxins found in defective drugs and medications, contaminants in water and ground soil, exposure to asbestos, lead and mold. These chemicals may release gases that you inhale, that get into food and drinking water sources, or that come in physical contact with you on accident.
Who Is Responsible for Your Injuries?
If you were injured at work or on a work site, you may need to file a worker’s compensation claim for your injuries. However, if you were working with materials that were manufactured with asbestos or working with defective chemicals where the manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. You could be exposed in a public place like a park or shopping center. Sometimes, food or products you purchase can become toxic if sold beyond the expiration date or due to incorrect labeling.
Steps You Should Take If You’ve Been Injured
Like any other accident or injury, if you’re exposed to a chemical or toxin, seek medical attention for your symptoms right away. It’s also critical to document how you obtained the injuries. If you can, take pictures of obvious chemical leaks or spills. Keep receipts and product labeling from any products that cause a chemical injury. You should speak to qualified injury attorneys soon after your injury, even if your symptoms improve. You may be eligible for compensation for any type of injury that occurred within the statute of limitations.