Toxic chemicals are about as common in some places as computers and desks
are in others. The only difference is those who regularly handle toxic
chemicals or are frequently around them could face serious adverse health
reactions from them, particularly if they are exposed too much or they
are repeatedly exposed, causing slowly-developing damage. While employers
and premises owners are required to provide workers and property visitors
with safety equipment and protection against exposure to these chemicals
to the best of their ability, their efforts are in many cases not enough,
resulting in potentially devastating injuries and illnesses.
However, just because you have been injured by a toxic substance doesn’t
necessarily mean you’ll automatically receive compensation for the
suffering you endure. In fact, you might be surprised to find just how
quickly insurance companies can and will reject your claim unless you
have an attorney on your side who can protect your rights. Here are three
reasons why you should make sure you have a lawyer in your corner when
filing a toxic exposure claim.
No Two Cases Are Alike
It’s true that certain chemicals have well-known and people have
pretty common responses when they are exposed to them. However, how you
were exposed will be just as critical a component to your case as how
much you were exposed. The insurance company responsible for your care
and treatment will likely do everything they can to protect their bottom
line and try to discredit your injury, claiming it could have come from
anywhere and isn’t necessarily their insured’s fault. In this
regard, once you factor in circumstances, no two cases are ever the same.
This is why you need an experienced lawyer who’s on your side and
can effectively apply the law to your exact case and preserve your rights
to the fullest possible extent.
Toxic exposure cases often require that you submit a lot of evidence to
support your claim. For starters, you must first get the information that
shows when and how you were exposed to a toxic substance. This can mean
getting lists of chemicals you are around on the job, or a record of the
different substances used in an area you visited. Likewise, you’ll
also need to demonstrate that they have negatively impacted your health.
Finally, you’ll have to do all of this within the statute of limitations,
or the legal time limit which you have to file your claim. An attorney
can help you coordinate all of this into an effective case and ensure
it’s properly filed at the right time and in the right court.
Ensure You Receive Proper Compensation
Companies who know they are going to be liable to pay are no stranger to
trying to use intimidation tactics to try to get those without representation
to accept the first settlement offer thrown their way. Without having
a Philadelphia toxic exposure lawyer on your side, you may not know how
much your case is actually worth and be tempted to settle for far less
than you need and what you’re entitled to. An experienced attorney
won’t be dissuaded by strongly-worded settlement offers, and they’ll
fight to get you what you deserve when you’re affected by toxic exposure.
Contact Golomb & Honik, P.C. at (215) 278-4449 for a
case evaluation and learn more about protecting your rights in toxic exposure cases!