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Exposed to Toxic Chemicals at Work in Tampa: Can I Sue?


There are many jobs that require employees to work with toxic chemicals. Often, workers don’t even fully realize how dangerous these chemicals are. But as the weeks, months, and years go by, they may start to notice very serious health issues. Of course, some workers experience much more sudden injuries due to toxic exposure. Some lose their lives almost instantly. But what can you do if you have been affected by this situation? Can you sue? Could you receive a settlement through workers’ compensation? Let’s find out.

Examples of Toxic Exposure at Work 

There are many examples of toxic exposure at work. Perhaps the most obvious example is asbestos. This material was incredibly popular just a few decades back, and it had a number of applications. Used heavily as insulation for many buildings, asbestos also found its way into the hands of workers. This material is especially deadly because its small fibers can find their way into a victim’s lungs. Over time, these fibers tear the lungs apart – forcing them to constantly heal. The inevitable result is cancer as cells continue to replicate and mutate.

Other common chemicals in the workplace include aluminum, benzene, lead, mercury, petroleum, silica, and much more. If you have served in the military, you might have also been exposed to a range of toxins – including depleted uranium ammunition. The truth is that there is no shortage of toxic chemicals in the workplace. Why? Because companies tend to put their profit margins ahead of worker safety – and they’re constantly looking for materials and chemicals that can help them make more money.

How Fast Can Toxic Exposure Cause Injuries? 

Toxic exposure can cause injuries extremely quickly in some cases, while in other cases it might take decades to experience the full effects. It may be more challenging to sue if many decades have passed since the initial exposure, but you shouldn’t let this dissuade you. The statute of limitations only begins once you become aware of your injuries, so it’s still perfectly acceptable to file a claim or sue if you receive a diagnosis 20 or 30 years after your exposure.

Of course, injuries can set in much more quickly. On April 26th of 2023, authorities announced that they were still trying to determine exactly what caused the death of two pest control workers in Pompano Beach. But due to the fact that these individuals were working with pesticides, it’s not difficult to imagine what might have happened.

Where Can I Find a Workers’ Comp Attorney in Tampa? 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Tampa workers’ comp attorney, look no further than the Franco Law Firm. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured workers – including those suffering from the effects of toxic exposure. We know how dangerous these accidents can be, and you deserve the right to explore your legal options – even if many years have passed since the initial exposure. If you have lost a loved one due to these hazards, you may also have the opportunity to file a workers’ compensation claim. Book your consultation today to get started on an effective action plan.



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