Does work-related poisoning qualify for workers’ comp benefits?

On Behalf of | Sep 10, 2021 | Workers Compensation, Workers' Compensation, Workplace Accidents, Workplace Injuries |

Whether you work in an agricultural operation, factory, office or virtually anywhere else in North Carolina, you may occasionally or frequently encounter toxic chemicals. While many chemicals come with precise usage and safety instructions, you may not always be able to protect yourself when working with harmful substances.

In the Tar Heel State, you can pursue workers’ compensation benefits for occupational illnesses. Section 97-53 of the General Statutes of North Carolina specifically lists several types of poisoning that typically qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Common toxins in workplaces in North Carolina

Because of the occupational diversity of North Carolina, employees in a variety of industries may work directly or indirectly with toxic substances. Here are some common ones at job sites through the state:

  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine
  • Carbon dioxide and monoxide
  • Propane
  • Methane
  • Mercury

Each of these chemicals affects the body differently. Consequently, if you are experiencing any negative health effects after working with or near toxins, it is critical to seek emergency medical treatment. After all, depending on the chemical, even trace amounts may be fatal.

Your health risk

While drinking or eating toxins is likely to result in serious illness, there are other ways to put your health at risk. With some chemicals, absorption is possible through human skin. Furthermore, merely inhaling some toxic substances may be enough to suffer catastrophic poisoning.

If you have become a victim of poisoning at your place of employment, you must act quickly to secure the workers’ compensation benefits you need to manage your recovery. Ultimately, reporting your illness to your employer as soon as possible puts you on the path to winning approval.

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