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What Are Some of the Most Common Toxic Substances?

By Michael LoGiudice
Founding Attorney

Most construction sites have numerous chemicals that could prove toxic to workers. The effects of these toxic chemicals can include debilitating side effects for the health of construction workers. That is why New York State has a Plan for Public Employee Safety and Health that outlines standards to avoid toxic exposure. Toxic exposure risk should be monitored. Providing workers with the proper safety equipment to prevent toxic exposure should be a priority. Building owners should always disclose the presence of toxic chemicals and other substances such as asbestos or lead.

When property safety measures are not taken, construction workers run the risk of incurring serious injury and illness. If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals on a construction site, contact New York personal injury attorney Michael LoGiudice right away. Attorney LoGiudice will discuss your legal rights and options to maximize any potential compensation you can recover for your injuries and other losses.

What Are Some of the Most Common Toxic Substances On Construction Sites?

The presence of toxic chemicals and other substances is not uncommon on New York Construction sites. Some of the toxins that most commonly appear include:

  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Crystalline Silica
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fuels
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Mold
  • Solvents

Exposure to these toxins can have devastating consequences. Seek medical attention immediately. You may experience symptoms such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Burning, itchy eyes
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Chemical burns to the skin

While the symptoms of toxic chemical exposure seem unpleasant, to say the least, the long term effects of such can have a serious impact on the state of your health. Exposure to construction site toxic chemicals can lead to:

  • Cancer
  • Asphyxiation
  • Poisoning
  • Damage to internal organs such as the kidneys
  • Neurological damage
  • Repertory illnesses
  • Birth defects
  • Severe burns and disfigurement
  • Mesothelioma

These types of injuries and illnesses do not necessarily appear immediately. Some can develop over time. If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals, seek immediate medical attention. If medically recommend, seek follow up treatment. If other symptoms should arise over time, be sure to always be clear and forthcoming with your treating doctors and medical professions regarding your medical history and the fact that you have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the past. Medical treatment and documentation is critically important to securing your own well-being and that of any personal injury claim you may file seeking compensation for your injuries.

Protecting The Rights of Construction Workers Injured by Toxic Chemical Exposure.

Exposure to toxic chemicals is just as serious as it sounds and maybe even more so than that. To protect your health, get immediate and, if needed, continuous medical care. To protect your legal rights, contact dedicated New York personal injury attorney Michael LoGiudice. Attorney LoGiudice has made it his job to stand up for injured construction workers. Contact him today and protect your legal rights to full and fair compensation for your injuries.

About the Author
Michael LoGiudice handles all personal injury and medical malpractice claims. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (1997) and has many verdicts and settlements totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.
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