Exposure to chemicals or toxic substances is one of the most common causes of brain injuries after motorcycle accidents in the US and worldwide. Victims who suffer brain injuries must file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party to hold them liable for their incident and thus compensate fully for their economic and non-economic damages.
If you or your loved one have suffered a chemical-caused brain injury in Nevada, do not delay it further. Talk to a local personal injury attorney well-versed in the state law to represent your case and ensure justice is served.
Here’s a quick guide to chemical-caused brain injury law in Nevada.
Chemical-Caused Brain Injury
Brain injuries caused by chemicals differ from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as they do not involve a physical impact but an internal experience, such as oxygen deprivation due to exposure to toxic substances, including dangerous chemicals, carbon monoxide poisoning, and lead poisoning. The impact of chemical-caused brain injuries can be more severe than TBI in some cases.
Exposure to toxic chemicals accounts for 10% of deaths in the workplace in the US. This exposure often occurs through inhalation or skin contact, or a less common way, ingestion, causing brain injuries. The list of hazardous chemicals that may cause brain injuries is extensive.
Chemicals like ammonia, aluminum, benzene, zinc, lead, iodine, hydrogen peroxide, mercury, uranium, arsenic, silica, etc., can cause neurological problems even in a single event leading to brain injury and damage to the central nervous system or cognitive impairment.
Workers in the manufacturing and industrial sector, construction, pest control, cleaning, and other such sectors that involve the use of chemicals, are more at risk of exposure to chemicals.
In some cases, exposure to these chemicals results in immediate and obvious symptoms, while in others, brain injury occurs over a time period due to long-term exposure.
Chemical-Caused Brain Injury Law in Nevada
Under federal and state laws, employers must provide safe and comfortable work environments for their employees. This includes taking precautions regarding toxic products. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) sets guidelines that employers must follow to limit the risk of toxic exposure in the workplace.
Specifically, employers must provide labels, safety data sheets, education, and training to all employees who handle toxic products. Employers must also take precautions with toxic chemical concentrations in the air. If your employer did not follow protocol or an accident occurred, and you were injured from toxic exposure, you can seek a settlement through a workers’ compensation claim.
Under the Nevada chemical-caused brain injury law, victims of such injuries must not face the consequences of another party’s negligence and take legal action to hold them liable for their carelessness, recklessness, or acting outside the law.
What to Do If You Suffer a Chemical-Caused Brain Injury?
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a toxic injury, you must take certain steps immediately. It helps you recover as quickly as possible and avoid complications and assists you if you consider filing a personal injury lawsuit for your damages.
Here are the important steps a victim of a chemical-caused brain injury must take:
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Gather evidence, either by taking photos or recording videos, of the cause of your injury.
- Report your exposure to your supervisor and tell your union representative or your workplace health and safety person.
- Contact an experienced brain injury attorney in your state.
Looking for an Expert Personal Injury Attorney in Nevada?
If you or your loved one has suffered a chemical-caused brain injury in Nevada, contact The Bourassa Law Group, a leading Nevada personal injury law firm with an expert team of attorneys specialized in chemical-caused brain injury law.
Cases of poisoning by toxic products can have catastrophic consequences for the lives of their victims. Many times the exposures to these products are due to the negligence of other parties. The team at The Bourassa Law Group believes that you deserve to obtain fair compensation to help you in your recovery process.
Our personal injury attorney specializing in these types of injuries can help you start your process while you only focus on recovering from your injuries. They will also collect the evidence, verify the facts, and calculate the approximate compensation you deserve.
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