Each year, thousands of chemical spills occur in the United States. Many companies who feel they are above the law in the United States on a daily basis violate environmental and worker safety laws at all levels (local, state and federal) that are set-up to protect workers and the public from toxic substances. Chemical spills in the workplace occur due to negligence on the part of the employer and lack of training. Workers compensation laws provide that injured workers are entitled to medical expenses and lost wages, but you may be entitled to additional compensation in the case of negligence. Chemical spills usually result from any of the following negligent or unsafe practices:
- Unsafe handling of chemicals
- Improper chemical storage
- Chemical storage tank ruptures
- Improper containers for chemical disposal
- Failure to dispose of chemical in timely manner
- Failure to comply with OSHA regulations
Chemical spills affect ecological environments, resulting in the death of local fish populations, aquatic plants and microorganisms. In addition, chemical spills can travel into nearby oceans, streams, lakes, ponds, rivers and even local drinking water supplies. The dangers and side effects of chemical spills can last many years. Chemical spills send out tons of benzene and other harmful toxins into the environment.
Chemical spills can cause:
- Blindness, corneal scarring
- Burns, tissue necrosis
- Respiratory illnesses
- Neurological disorders
- Organ failure
Legal Rights for Victims of Chemical Spills
If you or a loved one suffered serious health issues from an chemical spill, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified pollutants attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).