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On behalf of Koszdin, Fields & Sherry posted in Workers Compensation on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

An employer is obligated to provide a safe and hazard-free environment for his or her employees. I discover that you have been working in an unsafe or toxic work environment, you may wish to file a complaint against your employer. As an employee, you should be well-aware of the rights you have so that no one can take unfair advantage of you.

Being exposed to toxic material is nothing to be taken lightly. Inhaling toxic fumes can have serious effects on your health. In some extreme cases, cancers may also be formed due to working in a toxic environment. One of the most common types of toxic exposure is exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos is a surprisingly common material and traces of it can be found in the commodities we use every day. When a product with asbestos is used or distributed, the tiny fragments of the toxin are released into the air. Then these particles are inhaled they may stick to the inner lining of your lungs. If you inhale asbestos for a long period of time, you might start developing symptoms of lung disease. Long-term asbestos exposure may cause a lot of pain and suffering as it causes the lungs to inflame.

It is illegal for employers to conceal information about any potential dangers faced in the workplace. It is also the employer’s responsibility to provide suitable safety gear in order to protect the workers’ health. Employers are required by law to provide safety hazard labels for dangerous areas. If you, or someone you know, were exposed to toxic material in the past and now suffers from an illness, it might be best for you to hire an attorney to help you consider all your options.

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