Inhaling hazardous or dangerous substances at work can cause serious health problems. That’s why inhalation injuries are often considered very serious workplace accidents. Without proper medical treatment, inhalation injuries can result in severe health problems or even death.
Knowing what to do if you or a loved one became ill at work due to inhaling a hazardous substance can be overwhelming. Even knowing what your rights are as an injured worker or surviving family member might not be clear. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer right away if you’re dealing with such a serious but sadly common work injury.
In Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, injury victims and their families regularly rely on the legal help and advice from Vellner Law, PC. Bethlehem workplace injury attorney Anthony R. Vellner can carefully explain all your legal options and offer advice on which approach may work best for your specific situation.
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Causes Of Inhalation Injuries
Inhalation injuries at work often occur one of two ways. Sometimes, someone is exposed to a hazardous substance and quickly becomes sick. Other times, the injured work develops an illness slowly over time due to sustained exposure to dangerous substances. Such situations can include:
Prolonged exposure to asbestos (common cause of mesothelioma, a form of cancer)
Smoke inhalation, particularly when workers breathe smoke during a fire
Exposure to hazardous chemicals (including ammonia and chlorine)
Seeking immediate medical treatment is often critical in such cases. Sometimes, injury victims require emergency medical care. Other times, they should see a doctor right away. Either way, it’s important to speak with an attorney soon.
We Stand Up For You
The biggest reason why you should have a lawyer after an inhalation injury involves making sure your concerns are taken seriously. Your employer may try to downplay the severity of your injury involving inhaling hazardous substances. They may even try to claim that you became sick because of something you were exposed to outside of work.
Our law firm can investigate your injury and gather the facts in support of your claim. Using such information, we can approach your employer and insist that you receive the medical care and treatment you deserve. And they try to rush you back to work before you’re better, we can demand an independent medical examination that proves that you still need more time to recover.
We put your best interests first at Vellner Law, P.C. Find out how we can help you. Contact us and schedule your free case consultation today.