When an employee clocks in on the job site, there is a certain expectation that his or her employer will adhere to safety standards. Employers should take care of employees and ensure they are not subjected to harsh chemicals that could make employees sick. Unfortunately, the lawyers at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath see cases of chemical poisoning on a regular basis. In these cases, employers cut corners in order to save money. They fail to provide their employees with adequate safety gear or training, and because of that, their employees are poisoned with lead, asbestos, and other harsh chemicals.
At one time, employees thought poisoning was part of the job, but now, they are finally fighting back. They have realized that no one should trade their health for a paycheck, and they are standing up to get what is owed to them for their sacrifice.
It’s Life and Death
Chemical poisoning is not like other work injuries. This goes beyond breaking a bone. In many cases, poisoning leads to serious issues, such as cancer, neurological damage, and lung issues. These problems can have lifelong effects that aren’t just hard on the victim, but on the family, as well. While money can’t make the problems go away, it can take care of the long-term needs and soften the blow that the patient and the family have to deal with.
If your employer doesn’t adhere to safety standards on the job site, it is up to you to fight back. Failing to do so will put additional employees at risk, as well. Don’t let your employer get away with it. These guidelines were put in place for a reason, and your employer needs to be held accountable. Contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, and we can go over your options with you.