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Can I collect workers’ comp for a cumulative workplace injury?

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Not all workplace injuries involve throwing out your back while lifting something heavy or sustaining a severe injury due to an accident.

Some workplace injuries take much longer to develop, and they’re not usually caused by accidents or careless mistakes. Cumulative trauma injuries can develop from years of performing certain job functions. They can impact the hands, joints, knees, back, spine, feet, shoulders, and neck.

What are some examples of cumulative trauma injuries?

Cumulative trauma injuries are prevalent in all types of workplaces and industries. Here are some varying examples regarding how they develop:

  • A manufacturing worker can develop musculoskeletal injuries after years of performing the same physical movements for several hours per day.
  • A construction worker may develop vibration-related injuries or arthritis due to hours of operating power tools.
  • An office worker may develop low back pain due to several hours of sitting and poor workplace ergonomics.

Muscle fatigue, lack of rest, poor posture, awkward positioning, and overexertion are contributing factors that can speed up the development of cumulative injuries.

What are common types of cumulative injuries?

A cumulative injury can impact a worker’s ability to perform his or her job just as much as an accident-related injury.

The most common types of cumulative injuries, according to verywellhealth, include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome — compression of the median nerve in the wrist that results in pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and arms.
  • Bursitis — inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) in the joints that results in pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Tendinitis — inflammation of the tendons that causes pain, stiffness, and restricted movement.
  • Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) — pain in the elbow, usually caused by overuse of the arms and wrists.
  • Ganglion cyst — a small fluid-filled sac that develops over a joint or tendon.
  • Tenosynovitis — inflammation of the tendon sheath where tendons and muscles meet, resulting in pain, swelling, and limited movement.
  • Trigger finger — a finger gets stuck in a bent position, with a clicking or popping sensation.

Musculoskeletal disorders that result in back pain, tenderness in the shoulders and neck, and discomfort in the limbs are also common cumulative injuries.

How can I collect workers’ compensation benefits?

If you have noticed pain and discomfort caused by the nature of your job, it’s important that you take it seriously before it gets worse. You should first notify your employer and make an appointment to see a doctor.

Your condition may require physical therapy, medication for pain and inflammation, chiropractic care, stretching, exercise, and time off from work.

An experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl can help you get the benefits you need. Our attorneys know how the workers’ compensation system works and can help maximize your chances of being compensated.

Contact us online to 508-677-4900 to find out how.

Dangerous employers are endangering Massachusetts workers

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Workplace deaths in Massachusetts have remained stubbornly high over the past few years. In 2017, there were approximately 74 workplace deaths in Massachusetts. That number dropped to 69 in 2018 and 47 in 2019.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 70,000 Massachusetts workers sustain injuries or illnesses on the job each year. While these injuries and deaths are preventable, they have been difficult to reduce in Massachusetts. The negligent and reckless actions of some employers may be to blame.

Companies with OSHA violations operating in Massachusetts

After analyzing more than 12 million Massachusetts OSHA violations, WCVB found that dozens of companies with the worst types of OSHA violations have been operating in the Bay State since 2014. At least 35 of them had serious violations that OSHA said: “would most likely result in death or serious physical harm.” Seven of these companies had “willful violations,” which means that the companies knowingly violated OSHA’s safety standards and endangered workers.

Many of these companies endanger workers by failing to take the time to ensure that each worksite is properly set up, inspected, and maintained. In addition, some employers fail to provide adequate safety training to employees.

Two construction workers were killed in a Boston trench collapse in 2016, according to WCVB. The owner of the company, Atlantic Drain Service, was convicted of manslaughter in 2019. The company also had a history of OSHA citations due to safety violations — some of which were for the same conditions that caused the workers’ deaths.

City and state officials crackdown on dangerous employers

Shortly after the fatal incident in 2016, Boston city officials passed an ordinance requiring companies to disclose any OSHA citations they received to obtain a permit. City officials hope that this will stop companies with a history of violations from operating in Boston. Similar statewide legislation is currently being considered on Beacon Hill.

“They’re looking for red flags. If they’re on the severe violator list, they absolutely do not get a permit in the city of Boston,” said Boston Inspectional Services Commissioner Dion Irish. “In the past 12 months, I know there’s been at least a dozen companies we’ve revoked permits and stopped the work and required either safety plans or other contractors had to take over those particular jobs.”

Jodi Sugerman-Brozen is the executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). She believes that many companies with serious or repeat safety violations should not be doing business in Massachusetts. She told WCVB that the statewide bill is “important in terms of corporate accountability.”

According to MassCOSH, there are only 32 OSHA inspectors working in Massachusetts, which is not enough to maintain safe workplaces across the state.

“If they’re working on fatality investigations, they don’t have the same capacity to get out to do those inspections that are basic safety inspections,” said Sugerman-Brozan.

How can I collect workers’ compensation if I was hurt on the job?

If you sustained an injury or illness at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. This will cover your medical expenses and lost wages while you’re unable to work. The Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl can help you obtain the benefits you need. Contact us online to find out how.

Massachusetts researchers release analysis of statewide workers’ compensation claims

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If you work in transportation, warehousing, construction, or healthcare, your chances of being injured on the job are high, according to a recent study. Researchers from the Massachusetts departments of Public Health, Industrial Accidents and Labor Standards recently analyzed more than 92,000 statewide workers’ compensation claims between 2014-2016.

The report focused on these key areas:

  • Causes of workplace injuries and illnesses
  • The most common injuries and illnesses
  • Injury rates by industry and job type

Which industries have the highest claim rate in Massachusetts?

Transportation and warehousing had the highest claim rate, accounting for 29.3 claims per 1,000 full-time workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the transportation and warehousing sector involves transporting passengers and cargo, storing inventory in warehouses, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and transportation for other purposes.

Among subsectors, couriers and messengers had a claim rate of 46.4 and truck transportation had a rate of 34.2.

According to the report, transportation and warehousing was followed by:

  • Construction — claim rate of 18.3
  • Health care and social assistance — claim rate of 12.4
  • Retail trade — claim rate of 12.1
  • Wholesale trade — claim rate of 13.4

What are the leading incidents and injuries?

Overexertion and bodily reaction was the most common type of injury, accounting for nearly 38.1 percent of all claims. This was followed by:

  • Slips, trips, and falls — 28.7 percent of claims
  • Contact with objects or equipment — 19.2 percent of claims
  • Transportation incidents — 5.5 percent of claims
  • Violence involving a person or animal — 4.6 percent of claims

The majority of workers’ compensation claims (95.4 percent) involved injuries. The rest involved illnesses (3.7 percent). Most claims involved:

  • Sprains and strains — 51.3 percent of claims
  • Contusions, crushing, bruises — 11.7 percent of claims
  • Fractures — 8.8 percent of claims
  • Cuts, lacerations, punctures — 8.4 percent of claims

How likely am I to sustain an injury on the job?

Work-related injuries or illnesses can happen in any industry or workplace. That’s why all Massachusetts employees who were hurt on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which covers medical expenses and wage loss.

If you were hurt or become ill on the job, you must notify your employer and seek medical attention as soon as possible. That statute of limitations in Massachusetts is four years from the date of the incident.

In order to avoid having your claim denied, all paperwork must be properly filled out and your claim must be filed in a timely manner. More importantly, it’s critical to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help streamline the process and maximize your chances of receiving benefits.

The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl represents injured workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Contact us online to get started on your claim.

Long, hard work hours may be linked to high blood pressure

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If your job requires you to work long hours, exert physical energy, or both, you could be at risk of high blood pressure. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke, if ignored.

Roughly half of American adults experience high blood pressure (hypertension), which results in more than 82,000 deaths each year. About 15-30 percent of American adults have masked hypertension, an overlooked form of high blood pressure. Their blood pressure readings may appear normal during a routine health care visit, but may appear higher when checked somewhere else.

How many hours of work are linked to high blood pressure?

A recent study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension found a link between long work hours and masked hypertension. For example, employees who work 49 or more hours per week are:

  • 70 percent more likely to develop masked hypertension than those who don’t
  • 66 percent more likely to have sustained hypertension-elevated blood pressure readings

The likelihood of developing hypertension reduces with fewer hours worked. For example, employees who work 41-48 hours per week are:

  • 54 percent more likely to develop masked hypertension than those who don’t
  • 42 percent more likely to develop sustained hypertension

The study also factored in job strain, age, gender, level of education, occupation, smoking status, body mass index, and other factors.

According to the study authors, nearly 19 percent of participants in the study had hypertension, some of which were already being treated with medication for high blood pressure. More than 13 percent of workers had masked hypertension, and therefore, were not being treated for it.

Can I collect workers’ compensation for my heart attack?

Heart attacks and other medical events related to high blood pressure aren’t often regarded as work-related injuries. The stress of high job demands and long hours, however, can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack.

According to the American Heart Association, it may take two weeks to three months before a heart attack patient can return to work. Treatment may include chest X-rays, medications, and possibly surgery. The average cost of heart attack treatment is $18,200. The cost could be higher depending on the seriousness of your condition.

The biggest challenge many workers who suffer heart attacks face is proving that their medical event was work-related. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney if this has happened to you.

The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl has helped injured workers obtain workers’ compensation benefits for about four decades now. We serve clients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.

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More workers are becoming ill due to dust exposure

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Workers who regularly handle building materials such as cement, concrete, and wood are likely exposed to various types of dust. It can come in contact with the skin, get in workers’ eyes and mouth, or be inhaled through the nose.

According to EHS Today, large particles don’t usually make it into the lungs. Smaller particles, however, bypass the natural filtering of our respiratory system. They either build up in the lungs or enter the bloodstream. Dust particles in the lungs and bloodstream can be warded off by naturally-occurring white blood cells, but breathing in high amounts of dust over a long period of time can cause serious and life-threatening health conditions.

What are the common types of workplace dust?

  • Silica: Those who work in construction, mining, glass production, stonecutting, and shingle manufacturing are at risk of inhaling ultrafine silica particles. In fact, silica has been linked to an upsurge of lung diseases that can result in severe, life-long health complications or death.
  • Asbestos: Asbestos is commonly found in building materials such as roofing shingles, tiles, flooring, and cement. Long-term exposure to asbestos can result in shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, fatigue, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
  • Flour dust: Culinary and food service workers who handle flour are at risk of breathing in flour dust. Short-term symptoms of breathing in flour dust may include a runny nose, watery eyes, frequent sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure can result in asthma.
  • Wood dust: Construction workers, carpenters, or woodworkers are regularly exposed to dust from cutting and sanding wood. Exposure to wood dust can result in difficulty breathing, nose and throat irritation, and dermatitis (skin irritation).

What can employers do to protect workers?

EHS Today outlines several steps employers should take to better protect workers from the harmful effects of dust exposure.

  • Create safety data sheets to outline the hazards of each dust-producing material.
  • Provide details on how to avoid a dust-related hazard, and remove it (if possible).
  • Offer best practice advice for handling hazardous materials.
  • Provide workers with protective equipment and gear (required by law). This can include gloves, goggles, visors, and face masks.
  • Monitor dust levels in the workplace and alert workers when levels become dangerously high.
  • Provide adequate safety training to workers.
  • Close off areas in a facility where high amounts of dust are likely to be produced.
  • Install a ventilation system that can help remove airborne dust from a facility.

If you have developed a lung illness or any other adverse health condition due to the nature of your job, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl — based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island — can help guide you through the process.

Why construction safety matters

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The calendar year 2018 saw 4,779 worker fatalities in the private sector nationwide, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The construction industry accounted for an unacceptable 1,008 of those deaths, about one in five, or 21.1 percent.

The majority of fatalities – 58.6 percent – were in the “Fatal Four” categories. These include:

  1. Falling from a height: 338 deaths, or 33.5 percent.
  2. Being struck by an object: 112 deaths, or 11.1 percent.
  3. Electrocution: 86 deaths, or 8.5 percent.
  4. Caught in/between (getting caught in or crushed by equipment or objects): 55 deaths, or 5.5 percent.

That totals 591 worker lives for the year. The risk is greater for employees who work alone, according to the bureau.

Putting safety first

Too few construction companies see safety as an investment, but a safety program can boost morale and increase productivity. According to Occupational Health & Safety magazine, construction companies often fail in this area because:

  • They rely heavily on personal protection equipment to keep workers safe from harm. In many cases, the equipment is not adequate for the circumstances. A hard hat, for example, is not going to save a worker from injury in a significant fall. Additional measures should be taken to ensure worker safety.
  • They don’t have a monitoring system in place for employees who are working alone. Supervisors have no way of knowing when their workers need immediate medical attention.
  • There is a lack of an emergency response system to handle injuries in a timely manner. Companies must be prepared to respond to emergencies by having a plan in place. The plan should be clear, shared with employees at all levels and practiced on a regular basis.
  • They do not recognize or acknowledge that ignoring basic safety measures can be illegal. Maybe they don’t care. Maybe they’re incompetent. Regardless, companies can face major fines, lawsuits, and the loss of licenses and contracts.

When safety isn’t first

If you have been injured in a construction site accident, you may be facing a lengthy rehabilitation or permanent disability. You are unable to work, pay your bills or support your family. Your employer is unlikely to admit any responsibility. They may, in fact, blame you. Their insurance company will pressure you to accept a lowball financial settlement because they know you need money. The workers’ compensation system is seemingly designed to frustrate you at every turn. At worst, you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one.

The workers’ compensation attorneys at The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl have been handling cases just like yours in Rhode Island and Massachusetts since 1980. Let us put our decades of experience to work securing the future for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Can safety technology reduce repetitive strain injuries?

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Workers in manufacturing often need to perform repetitive tasks. While many tasks in manufacturing might not seem strenuous on the surface, they can have a harmful impact if performed over and over again.

Repetitive stress injuries, in fact, are among the most common workplace health-related issues, according to an article in EHS Today that outlines how manufacturers can reduce these injuries. An injury from repetitive strain can cause damage to soft tissue and tendons and may sideline a worker for weeks, months or even permanently.

How safety technology can help

According to OSHA, it costs U.S. employers about $1 billion a week in direct costs linked to injuries. Companies dealing with repetitive stress injuries have to make compensation payments, cover medical expenses and legal services, and absorb the cost of lost revenue due to a reduction in productivity.

Manufacturers certainly don’t want to bear the burden of these costs. It’s in their best interests to keep workers safe. That’s why it’s critically important for them to pay proper attention to ergonomics. A hand drill, for example, might not cause an injury if used by a worker only once a day. Many manufacturers need workers to use the tool throughout the day. A single worker might tighten thousands of fasteners in one workday, which over time can result in a number of problems:

  • Fatigue
  • Hand and arm stress
  • Injury

Repetitive stress injuries can be reduced if employers bring new technology into the workplace. EHS Today describes how manufacturers today can equip their shops with ergonomically designed tools that reduce the stress on the operator. Recent innovations have made it possible for workers to use fastening tools that deliver short pulses of energy into a fastener during tightening. This allows the worker to perform repetitive tasks with a smaller risk of injury than if performed on tools not equipped with the technology.

EHS Today writes about tools that reduce torque reaction in the fastening process. These tools, including power drills, can be set to one of three modes:

  • Ergonomic mode, which is ideal for hard joints or when arm, wrist or tool angles are difficult
  • Performance mode, which is the best all-purpose mode
  • Productivity mode, which is the fast mode and is ideal when high production rates are required

A responsibility to keep workers safe

Manufacturers today can choose from a wide variety of technologies that reduces the amount of force transferred from the tool to the worker using it. Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure a safe work environment, which is why it’s critical for them to consider upgrading to new ergonomic tools.

EHS Today reports that workers who use reduced reaction technology work faster and are more comfortable. The technology reduces the number of repetitive stress injuries from the aggressive impact of using a tool several times throughout the day. Assembly workers should talk to their supervisors to find out if they are using ergonomic tools.

If you or a loved one sustained a repetitive stress injury, contact an experienced work injury attorney as soon as possible. Your employer or the insurance company may downplay the injury. You may be told to return to work before you’re fully recovered.

You don’t have to deal with your employer and the insurance company on your own. Contact the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl. Trust us to handle your claim while you focus on your recovery.

Retail, warehouse injuries likely to increase this holiday season

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Those who work in retail and warehouse distribution should be prepared for a faster-paced work environment this holiday season. More demand from shoppers means commercial goods to be made, distributed, stocked on shelves, and sold to the public.

Here are the injury statistics for the retail and warehouse sectors.

Retail injuries on the rise

All private industry sectors saw a dip in total recordable workplace injury cases in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Retail was the only private sector that saw an increase in recordable cases — from 3.3 cases per 100 workers in 2017 to 3.5 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2018.

The most common retail injuries in 2018, according to the BLS, included:

  • Sprains, strains, and tears
  • Pain and soreness
  • Bruises and contusions
  • Cuts, lacerations, and punctures
  • Fractures

Most retail injuries were caused by:

  • Overexertion
  • Contact with objects and equipment
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Accidents involving transportation
  • Violence, and/or injuries by people or animals

Warehouse injuries also common during the holidays

The rate of total recordable workplace injury cases in the warehouse sector, according to the BLS, was 5.1 per 100 full-time workers in 2018.

Warehouse accidents can be more devastating than retail injuries, especially when heavy machinery is involved. For example, forklift accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries and deaths in warehouses.

Other common causes of warehouse injuries include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Contact with objects or equipment
  • Being struck by falling inventory

How workplace fatigue plays a role

The holiday season is not only stressful for those who spend hours shopping, traveling, and planning events, it can also be tiresome for workers. Those who work in retail and warehousing will likely be required to work overtime this holiday season.

Sleep deprivation, long work hours, and workplace stress can all result in:

  • Loss of memory
  • Depression
  • Impaired hand-eye coordination
  • General fatigue that is worse than being impaired by alcohol

Those who work the night shifts are the most accident-prone. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2012 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says that nearly 70 percent of warehouse and transportation employees who work the night shift are fatigued.

Know your legal rights if you’re injured on the job this holiday season

Whether your job entails cashing out customers, stocking shelves, operating a forklift, or delivering goods, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you sustain an injury on the job.

If you’ve never filed a claim before, the process can seem complex and overwhelming. Any errors made on your paperwork can cause your benefits to be delayed or denied. Let an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl do the work for you.

For nearly four decades, our legal team has successfully advocated for injured workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To get started on your claim, contact us online and set up your free case evaluation with one of our attorneys.

Here’s what you need to know when you have a noisy job

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What do rock stars, elementary school teachers, and manufacturing workers have in common?

According to Acoustical Services Inc., they have noisy jobs that, over time, can lead to hearing loss and other noise pollution-related problems: headaches, tinnitus, stress, depression, and insomnia.

There are many other jobs that expose employees to loud environments. Acoustical Surfaces, a sound insulation company, reports on the following “top 10 noisiest jobs” (dB stands for decibel, a unit used to measure the intensity of sound):

  • Nursery worker or teacher (85 dB)
  • Motorcycle courier (90 dB)
  • Classical musician (95 dB)
  • Commuter music (100 dB)
  • Factor and farmworker (105 dB)
  • Rock star (110 dB)
  • Nightclub worker (115 dB)
  • Construction worker (120 dB)
  • Formula One driver (135 dB)
  • Airport ground staff (140 dB)

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) sets legal limits that clearly state what is an acceptable level of noise in the workplace. An employee working an eight-hour shift should not be exposed to more than 90 dBA (A-weighted decibels), according to OSHA.

What can you do to protect your hearing?

If you work in a job where the noise exceeds OSHA’s legal dBA limit, you have a right to ask your employer to provide you with hearing protection. Your employer must measure noise levels in the workplace and offer free hearing exams each year. You’re allowed to receive free hearing protection if the limits exceed OSHA’s standards.

Employees should not simply accept a noisy workplace as being part of the job. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics lists occupational hearing loss as the top reported worker illness in manufacturing. A recent article in Occupational Health and Safety outlines the variety of hearing protection devices available for employees who work in noisy environments:

  • Disposable foam earplugs
  • Reusable earplugs
  • Earmuffs
  • Advanced hearing protection

How an attorney can help with a hearing loss claim

It’s not just rock stars who work in noisy environments. Many jobs in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and across the country expose employees to decibel levels that can cause damage over time.

If you experienced hearing loss related to your employment, you will need an experienced workplace injury lawyer on your side.

Your bosses and the insurance companies might say the hearing loss had nothing to do with your job. They may threaten to fire you if you say you can no longer work because of the noise.

That’s why you need to consult with the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl. You will have a strong advocate with you every step of the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.

According to OSHA: These are the measures your employer should take to prevent chemical exposure on the job

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Exposure to hazardous chemicals on the job can result in serious injuries and adverse health conditions. Chemical exposure is common across a wide range of occupations. Most commonly, miners, construction workers, manufacturers, warehouse workers, food service workers, auto mechanics, agriculture workers, health care workers, and those who work at chemical plants are at an elevated risk of sustaining an injury or serious health condition.

What does OSHA require of employers?

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) was established to help protect workers from injuries or illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals on the job. In compliance with HazCom, employers in industries that involve the production, handling, use, or storage of toxic chemicals must provide workers with the following information:

  • Hazard classifications: Workers should receive information regarding classifications of health and physical hazards relating to certain chemicals or mixtures.
  • Labels: HazCom requires that chemical manufacturers and importers provide labels, which include:
    • Harmonized signal words – such as “danger” and/or “warning”
    • Pictograms
    • Hazard statements relating to each hazard class and category
    • Precautionary statements
  • Safety data sheets: A 16-section format specifying safety and hazard information
  • Information and training: In order to ensure workers recognize and understand labels and safety data sheets, they must receive adequate training.

Workers are not expected to remember each specific fact regarding chemicals and hazard classifications. They are, however, expected to be aware of the risks of chemical exposure and the protective measures that can be taken to prevent injuries.

What are the risks of chemical exposures on the job?

Chemical exposure may include inhaling harmful vapors, accidentally ingesting harmful substances, or contact with skin and eyes. Depending on the type of chemicals involved or the nature of exposure, workers may sustain:

  • Burns
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Asthma and other respiratory illnesses
  • Allergies
  • Cancer

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, more than 13 million workers across the United States are at risk of chemical exposure that could absorb through the skin (also known as “dermal exposure”). This can lead to dermatitis, skin cancer, skin infections, and other health conditions involving the skin.

If you have sustained any kind of injury, illness, or adverse health condition on the job due to chemical exposure, it’s important that you take it seriously from the start. You may need time off from work and adequate medical care in order to make a full recovery. While this may seem financially overwhelming, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which will cover your medical expenses and lost wages.

Proving that your injury or health condition was caused by job-related chemical exposure may be challenging. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl can streamline the process and maximize your chances of obtaining benefits. We serve clients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To learn how we can help you, contact our law office online and schedule your free case evaluation today.