The unknown of whether you have been exposed to toxins and/or carcinogens, is very scary for a person. Meaning, the concern for your future health is currently unknown and there are lots of unanswered questions. We would never say that we can answer all your questions, but using our years of experience, we just try to maximize your possibility of getting these questions answered through the workers’ compensation process and we get you the benefits that you are entitled to.
It is important to understand that toxic exposure to an injured worker, could mean a risk of exposure to his/her family. This includes bringing home the toxins on clothes and surfaces of the skin, which is then passed into the family washing machines and other surfaces through the household. Toxins can be like a bacteria or virus that can be spread if the proper precautions are not taken.
We are very thorough and diligent when searching for the types of toxins or carcinogens that you may or may not have been exposed to. In addition to obtaining the material safety data sheets and other documentation by the employers, we also try to get the applicable agencies involved (OSHA, Cal-OSHA, EPA etc.). The appropriate government agency is generally able to cut through the B.S. that the employer gives, such as requiring certain security clearance, or needing special permission to access a certain area or simply a flat out disregard of said request.
Whatever the situation may be, you have the ability to investigate potential toxins and carcinogens in the workplace, via the workers’ compensation system. Please understand that when you file a workers’ compensation claim, you are not suing the employer. You are simply filing an insurance claim, stating that you are having some symptoms that you feel are caused by your job duties. Please note that some (not all) of the most common early, toxic exposure symptoms you may experience, include “sinus issues,” “scratchy throat,” and “general aches and pains.”
Please understand that the workers’ compensation is a problematic system. The insurance companies are obtaining more and more control (currently), as the recent years have passed. They want to make the workers’ compensation so difficult, that you give up and go away. Please, Please do not give up. Fight for you and those employees that will continue working in these toxic environments for many years to come.
Give us a call and we will give you the best strategy (not always to file a workers’ compensation claim) that we have, based on our track record of success.
The most important thing is that you take care of yourself and your family.
Workers’ compensation is VERY slow, but we will get you there. Make sure you lock in future medical treatment and get the monetary compensation (the "compensation" part of workers' compensation) you deserve.