Construction work can sometimes leave workers and bystanders exposed to toxic chemicals. If you’ve been hurt in this way, a Salt Lake City construction accident toxic exposure lawyer can help you determine whether you have a case and how much it could be worth.

Toxic exposure is a serious risk in construction work sites. In some cases, chemicals may simply be a necessary material needed to get the job done; in other situations, toxic exposure could instead be accidental and unexpected. Either way, a worker who is exposed to toxic substances is often at significantly higher risk for health problems such as poisoning, breathing difficulties, and even cancer.

A Salt Lake City construction accident toxic exposure lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help you determine who or what was responsible and get the compensation you deserve after an accident involving toxic substances.


Dangerous Worksite Chemicals

Many chemicals and substances that are used in construction can be dangerous if mishandled. Some, such as irritants and corrosives, can cause significant skin damage in even minute amounts. Others may cause damage over time, leaving a victim under the mistaken impression that nothing is wrong, only to manifest symptoms much later.

Some of the most common dangerous construction substances include the following:

Some of the other chemicals that can injure a construction worker include bleach, toluene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and formaldehyde. It’s best to avoid exposure to these substances whenever possible.

Unfortunately, certain construction site projects may require their use. Whenever possible, employers should attempt to substitute dangerous chemicals for less dangerous options—and provide proper safety equipment when this isn’t an option.


Toxic Substance Exposure and Illnesses

The aftereffects of toxic exposure can be devastating. Workers may develop asthma, lung diseases, skin irritations, welts, infections, or even cancers. Substances like asbestos are particularly problematic because they can spur on illnesses such as mesothelioma, a particularly insidious type of cancer that can affect nearly all of your internal organs.

Although many residential and commercial worksites are now free of asbestos, older buildings may still contain it, and newer sites may make use of newer but equally dangerous substances. Mold, often found in construction sites exposed to moisture, is also a significant cause of illness that can lead to long-term breathing difficulties after repeated exposure and subsequent infections. Unfortunately, these illnesses can keep you from being able to work and can affect your life forever.


Consult a Salt Lake City Construction Illness Attorney

If you have contracted a toxic-exposure-related illness from a construction accident, you face not only the injuries themselves, but also losses such as being unable to work, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Fortunately, if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation, which could pay for your recovery and protect your family’s financial future.

At Craig Swapp & Associates, we can examine the details of your case and negotiate a fair settlement while you work on recovering as much as possible. If you have been hurt in a construction accident, complete the form at the bottom of this page or call us toll free at 1-800-404-9000 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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