Do I Need a NYC Construction Lawyer After Being Exposure to Toxins?

Get Help If You Have Suffered the Results of Chemical Exposure

There are many different hazards lurking around a construction site. Besides large equipment, heavy machines, and power tools that put workers at risk for serious injuries, there’s also the threat of slip-and-fall accidents, scaffolding accidents, trench collapses, crane accidents, and electrocutions. New York construction workers also have to deal with toxic exposure. While these cases aren't as common as other injuries, they're just as devastating.

If you're a New York City construction worker who has been exposed to toxins at a work site, please understand that you have legal rights. You can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and other losses suffered because of toxic exposure on the job.

The experienced New York personal injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help. Contact us at (212) 986- 7353.

The Risk of Toxic Exposure

Practically all New York construction sites have any number of chemicals and compounds that are toxic and harmful to workers. To prevent construction workers from suffering harm, the New York State's Plan for Public Employee Safety and Health includes standards and regulations for toxic exposure. Property owners, general contractors, and employers are responsible for monitoring toxic exposure risks. Making sure that workers are not exposed to deadly toxins on the job should be a priority.

Unfortunately, not all employers properly monitor dangerous toxins. Construction workers in New York often suffer injury and harm through direct contact with toxic chemicals, or through dust and fumes in the air. Workers have suffered burn injuries, allergic reactions, respiratory problems, neurological damage, and even cancer and lung disease because of toxic exposure.

Common Toxins at Construction Sites

Here are some of the common toxins found in construction sites that could lead to injury or illness:

  • Asbestos: A mineral that was commonly used in cement, insulation, roof shingles, textiles and tiles for decades. It causes a serious health hazard that can cause potentially fatal medical conditions. Construction workers who work on remodeling projects are often exposed to asbestos.
  • Asphalt: Fumes from asphalt used in road paving, siding, and concrete work can cause headaches, rashes, fatigue, cough, and even skin cancer.
  • Crystalline Silica: Workers can inhale crystalline silica whenever they chip, cut, or grind objects. Overexposure can result in the deadly lung disease Silicosis.
  • Formaldehyde: Workers asked to work with particle board, foam insulations, and plywood can be exposed to fatal amounts of the carcinogen formaldehyde.
  • Lead: Our bodies are capable of absorbing lead and storing it in our bones before it's released into our blood. As lead spreads through the body, it can result in decreased motor speed, gastrointestinal and reproductive issues, kidney damage, and anemia. Symptoms are common for workers who perform demolition, dry manual sanding, power tool cleaning, spray painting, welding, and torch burning.

There are many other dangerous toxins found in New York construction sites, including mold, carbon monoxide, hexavalent chromium, solvents, fuels, manganese, and mercury.

If you are a construction worker experiencing any symptoms that could be linked to toxic exposure, it is critical that you get medical attention right away. Early diagnosis and treatment can save your life.

It's also crucial that you contact an experienced NYC construction accident attorney who has successfully handled toxic exposure cases. Contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP. We can help.

Call us at (212) 986- 7353 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.

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