A colorless, odorless and dangerous gas, high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to severe health complications and even death. When exposure occurs at work as the result of employer negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. In these cases, our expert legal team at Goldberg & Rosen will work relentlessly on your behalf, strategically arguing your case and ensuring you receive the settlement you deserve.
How does carbon monoxide poisoning at work happen?
While you’re at work, it’s your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe. As such, they are responsible for ensuring that you are not exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act, as an employee you are prohibited from being exposed to more than 50 parts of the gas per million parts of air averaged over an eight hour period of time. If you are exposed to higher levels while at work, and you endure pain, suffering and/or injuries because of this exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
Health effects of carbon monoxide
When carbon monoxide enters the blood stream, it can cause a number of health problems that may become quite severe. Depending on the extent of the exposure, brain damage, heart damage and death can occur. In addition, workers who are pregnant may face an additional danger, with extreme poisoning resulting in stillbirths and birth defects in newborn children.
What you need to know about worker’s compensation
Worker’s compensation is insurance designed to provide funds to employees who are injured while on the job. It is also meant to prevent lawsuits, since employees who elect to take their worker’s compensation benefits are prohibited from suing their employers.
Before you agree to receive your worker’s compensation payments for carbon monoxide poisoning, we strongly encourage you to consult with a Goldberg & Rosen attorney who can make sure those payments are enough to cover your ensuing medical costs. If your poisoning was severe and due to noncompliance of one or more OSHA laws, it may be in your best interest to file a lawsuit to recover future lost wages, as well as additional medical bills.
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If you or a loved one have been the victim of negligence or misconduct, please do not hesitate to contact among the best attorneys Miami has available at Goldberg & Rosen today to receive expert guidance about your legal options, as well as a free and confidential case evaluation.