Exposure to Hazardous Substances and Toxic Chemicals on Georgia Construction Sites


May 12, 2014

Chemical exposure accidents can occur at the site of construction projects and often result in debilitating injuries and even fatalities. Exposure to dangerous chemicals may be caused by explosions, leaks or other sudden traumatic accidents. Although there are safety regulations, including OSHA regulations that govern proper handling and safety standards involving hazardous chemicals on a construction site, sometimes these rules are disregarded and permanently debilitating injuries or occupational illnesses occur.

Our Atlanta construction accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have a long history of successfully representing those injured by negligent conduct, violations of safety standards and other unsafe practices that result in construction accidents, including those caused by chemical exposure. Our experienced Georgia Chemical Exposure Lawyers have handled many chemical exposure injuries including those caused by caustic chemicals under pressure, chemicals heated to extremely high temperatures and other hazardous substances like asbestos.

An explosion that results in a leak of hazardous chemicals on a construction site may result in permanent severe injury. While the force of impact from the explosion may cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death, exposure to hazardous chemicals often results in severe chemical burns or even asphyxiation. Medical care for this type of serious injury can be extremely costly, and severe burn injuries can result in permanent disability. The compensation available when filing a workers' compensation claim may be woefully inadequate to fully compensate an injured construction worker who experiences the physical, financial and emotional toll of such injuries.

Our Georgia catastrophic burn injury attorneys know the importance of carefully investigating the roles and relationships of the many entities on a construction site. We work to identify potential third party defendants so that we can identify all viable parties when pursuing a personal injury claim and/or lawsuit, which typically offers far more extensive damages than a workers' compensation claim. Even if we bring a personal injury lawsuit against another entity like a sub-contractor using hazardous chemicals, this does not preclude also pursuing a workers' compensation case against an injury victim's employer. This approach can provides the best of both worlds because a workers' compensation claim does not require any showing of fault to recover for lost wages and medical bills, whereas a personal injury claim or lawsuit may provide a more extensive financial recovery including damages for non-monetary harm like pain and suffering.

By way of example, another area that can result in injuries involves construction projects that fail to provide inadequate ventilation and operate with improper safety precautions to prevent exposure to airborne hazardous substances like asbestos. Mesothelioma is a fatal condition that is exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. The construction trade is one of the leading work-related environments for developing this fatal occupational illness. If you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, it is essential that you seek legal advice because the symptoms of mesothelioma often do not appear until years after exposure. Our construction lawyers can conduct an investigation that may include interviewing other workers, reviewing company documents, analyzing the worksite and more to prove that our client was exposed to asbestos.

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A construction accident involving an explosion or other chemical exposure may inflict life-changing injuries and adversely impact every aspect of one's life. We know that many construction workers settle for what the workers' compensation system provides only to find out later that it is woefully inadequate to meet their financial needs. Montlick and Associates has been representing injury victims for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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