Inhalation injuries are a serious risk for workers on all types of construction sites. From noxious fumes to toxic dust, all kinds of dangers can cause construction workers to suffer damage to their lungs and other organs, and in many cases workers will contract life-changing, or even life-threatening, diseases.
At Levine Law, our Denver personal injury attorneys are committed to helping construction workers diagnosed with inhalation-related injuries and diseases secure just compensation. A serious illness or injury can impact your life for years to come. You may be in pain. You may be unable to work. Your condition may require constant medical treatment. You may find it difficult to enjoy life or be intimate with your spouse. These are all losses for which compensation is available under the law, and for which we want to help you secure the largest possible financial recovery.
Employer and Third-Party Liability for Inhalation Injuries
After an inhalation injury, it is critical to investigate all potential sources of financial compensation. While employers are liable for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of fault (Colorado is a “no-fault” state when it comes to workers’ compensation), the medical and disability payments available through workers’ compensation do not cover all of the losses stemming from a toxic exposure injury. In order to recover maximum compensation for their losses, injured and sick construction workers must pursue third-party claims as well (i.e. claims against property owners, contractors and subcontractors).
These claims will often be based upon mistakes and failures such as:
- Failure to warn of inhalation risks on the property
- Failure to provide workers with appropriate protective gear or safety equipment
- Failure to control the release of toxic fumes or particulates
- Failure to provide an adequate escape route in the event of a fire or release of toxic substances
- Failure to adequately train employees on the risks of exposure and the proper handling of toxic substances
Inhalation Risks on Construction Sites
For construction workers, inhalation risks fall into two primary categories: (i) fumes from toxic chemicals and (ii) particulates. Examples of each include:
Common Toxic Chemicals on Construction Sites
- Cleaning solutions and paint thinners
- Gasoline and other fuels
- Industrial solvents
- Urethanes and epoxy coatings
- Waterproofing chemicals
Dangerous Dust and Particulates
- Concrete dust
- Dust from demolition
- Stone and masonry dust
While many construction workers will experience repeated and prolonged exposure to these and other health risks, even a single exposure to a dangerous chemical or particulate can cause serious illness or injury. Construction workers who suspect that they may be suffering due to inhalation (i.e. they are experiencing nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, fevers or chills, or other symptoms) should be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Note that you may need to see your employer’s designated medical provider in order to preserve your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
Are You Entitled to Compensation? Find Out in a Free and Confidential Consultation
There are numerous other issues that can lead to claims for compensation as well. Conducting a prompt and thorough investigation is critical, and the first step is to put experienced legal representation on your side. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Denver construction accident lawyer at Levine Law, call 303-333-8000 or contact us online now.