Recently, Safety BLR reported on a troubling trend in which workers are getting sick more frequently. Safety BLR was specifically reporting on the rise in black lung disease, and indicated that one in 10 coal miners is now identified as having the condition. In some particular areas of the country, as many as one in five workers have evidence of black lung, which is the highest level that has been recorded in the past 25 years.
While this troubling report focused on one particular industry, the reality is that employees in almost any field could be exposed to toxins at work that make them sick. Whether it is miners exposed to high levels of dangerous coal dust or construction workers exposed to asbestos in old buildings or office workers exposed to unsafe levels of mold in poorly ventilated and badly maintained office spaces, there are ample examples of situations in which workers could come into contact with toxins at work and get sick because of it.
If you or someone you love develops an illness that you believe is connected to your workplace, it is important that you take appropriate legal action. An Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer can help you to understand your rights, prove your illness is work related, and make a claim for benefits so you should contact an attorney as soon as you get sick.