Workers who are exposed to chemical fume hazards at work may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits under certain circumstances.
To be eligible, an employee must have worked in a job that posed a risk of exposure to chemical fumes and the employee must have contracted a specific illness during or after this employment. Mental depression does not qualify as an occupational disease.
The illness must have been contracted either in the course of employment or as a result of exposure to chemical fumes in the workplace. The employee does not need to show that he or she was exposed to a specific concentration of chemicals in order to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits.
Exposure is judged on the job conditions and potential hazards. Exposure to chemicals at the workplace can be from fumes, dust, or vapors.
The source of exposure must have been work-related and specifically not from personal activities outside of work hours. If a worker is exposed to chemicals in a job but does not get ill until after hours, he or she may be eligible for benefits only if it was likely, given the normal progression of the disease and duration of exposure to the chemicals, that he would have become ill had he not been exposed to those chemicals after hours.
The employee must have contracted an occupational disease where there is a close relationship between his or her employment and its connection with the onset of illness.
Our Nevada workers’ compensation lawyers in the handle workers’ compensation claims allege that exposure to harmful chemicals is a leading cause of occupational diseases. Attorneys at our firm assert that if an employee is exposed to chemicals on the job, he or she should have workers’ compensation benefits extended to them and their families in the event they demonstrate symptoms of illness like cancer, leukemia and other potentially fatal diseases.
If you have been injured while on the job you have a right to pursue a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
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