This past summer, National Public Radio (NPR) reported that its joint investigation with the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) unveiled a resurgence of a deadly disease that plagues coal miners. Apparently, the mining industry and federal regulators have known for more than two decades that coal miners were breathing excessive amounts of the coalmine dust that causes black lung [disease].
Although many jobs come with a certain level of risk, some carry additional hazards that make it the employer’s responsibility to take sufficient safety precautions. These should include providing adequate protection from toxins through, for example, use of protective clothing and breathing apparatus, and sufficient hearing protection to those who are exposed to excessively loud noises.
Failure to protect you from exposure to chemicals, fumes, noises and vibrations may cause disabling or deadly conditions, which include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
If you have a disease or disorder that may have been caused by your work, you may be able to make an industrial injury claim against your employer for past and future pain and suffering, anticipated loss of future earnings, and equipment needed to function better (e.g., hearing aids). Don’t delay. Call our office today for a consultation.