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Could chemical accidents lead to a workers’ comp claim?

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Numerous jobs in Illinois involve working around chemicals. Laboratory assistants, manufacturing workers, and even sanitation personnel are among those who may deal with chemicals. Some substances come with dangers, and there are chemicals capable of causing severe burns. Chemical burns may lead to missed time from work combined with medical expenses.

Common mishaps that cause chemical accidents and burns

Assumptions about chemical spills seem logical. If chemicals are not adequately secured, the chance for a spill might exist. When specific chemicals come in contact with flesh, burns could result. Containers might fall, and the impact may result in releasing chemicals. Even a slight fall might lead to splashes which might burn the skin or land in the eyes.

Burns do not reflect the only ways employees may suffer harm. Chemical fumes present great dangers, and accidents might lead to inhaling fumes. When an accident happens unexpectedly, those near the chemical may get caught off-guard. As such, they may lack the necessary safety equipment to protect against fumes. Sadly, there are times when injuries prove unavoidable.

Various chemicals are flammable, so fires may break out. A raging fire could lead to horrifying injuries. Fires might cause fatalities if they blaze out of control. Employers could take many steps to prevent such instances, but 100% prevention might not be possible.

Seeking workers’ compensation after an injury

Workers’ compensation benefits may cover some financial losses when an employee gets hurt on the job and is unable to work. Under Illinois law, a claimant for workers’ compensation does not have to prove negligence on an employer’s part. However, negligence may derive from a third party’s actions, such as a contractor’s egregious mistake. Lawsuits against the contractor or another negligent third party could be an option in addition to filing a workers’ comp claim.

Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits might be challenging for someone who doesn’t understand the process. Accordingly, having the assistance of an attorney can be advisable.