Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C.

You only have so much control over your work environment

Staying healthy while you work is something that you only have limited control over, especially if there are hazardous substances in your workplace. One of the issues that you might find comes up is that you can't really control your exposure to certain substances. Even if you have proper safety gear, accidents can still happen.

We recently discussed silicosis and how it is a possible hazard for workers in many different industries. This is only one type of exposure that workers might face during the course of doing their job.

Some workers are exposed to toxic substances without any safety equipment. Think about people who work in bars or restaurants that allow smoking. These workers are around second-hand smoke for entire shifts. This means that they are breathing in those fumes.

One issue that makes these cases difficult is that the effects of the exposure to toxic substances don't always become apparent right away. It might be months or even years before workers realize the impacts that the exposure caused.

Workers who are exposed to any chemicals or hazardous substances might not be able to work. They might need to seek medical care and could face having to continue receiving medical care for the rest of their lives.

It is also possible for workers to receive workers' compensation benefits for work-related illnesses. These cases might become complex, so it is best to learn about your rights and your options. We are here to help you figure out how to handle your case and to take steps to ensure you are getting the benefits you need.

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