Many California residents may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits due to injuries or illnesses suffered on the job. A recent story involving a plant worker has captured national attention and made companies as well as employees reevaluate their work environments. This worker, a 45-year-old woman, is now dealing with a great amount of pain and suffering due to workplace conditions and has received workers’ compensation benefits as a result.
The woman used a chemical that has been linked to her severe medical problems. N-propyl bromide is used in a type of glue that many companies use in their factories. She now limps and she walks and is unable to sit or stand for even a short amount of time without excruciating pain due to the loss of nerve endings as a result of inhaling the fumes let off by the chemical.
Although this particular chemical has been researched for years and companies have been informed of the dangers involved with using it, the number of companies that now use the chemical has increased. It has been linked to severe neurological problems and even infertility. The chemical produces a yellowish fog.
There are many regulations in place to protect workers in their workplace. However, if an accident happens on the job, it is best to know your rights under the California state law. Workers’ compensation benefits are in place to protect you and your finances. Not being able to work after an accident could prove to be devastating to your financial security without these benefits, and those affected can take comfort in knowing that help is available to ensure that all applicable benefits are received.
Source: The New York Times, “As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester,” Ian Urbina, March 30, 2013