Seeking Remedies for Occupational Injuries in New Jersey Due to Industrial Exposure
Filing claims against employers for late-manifesting occupational diseases
For many workers, exposure to industrial chemicals for prolonged periods of time leads to debilitating disease. But the struggle to secure compensation for themselves and their families can be arduous and heartbreaking. Seigel Law has been helping these workers obtain the compensation they deserve for more than 35 years.
Mesothelioma lawsuits in New Jersey
Perhaps the most devastating of all occupational illnesses is mesothelioma. Workers who develop this particular lung cancer because of asbestos exposure may have an action against the manufacturer of the material. The flood of lawsuits that started in the 1970s forced many of these companies into bankruptcy but required them to establish trust funds to compensate mesothelioma victims and their families.
Compensation for lung diseases caused by industrial exposure
Harsh industrial chemicals can irritate, inflame and break down tissues, causing the skin, lungs and other organs to become diseased. Industrial exposure is responsible for numerous afflictions, such as:
- Asbestosis — Chronic irritation from breathing in asbestos fibers can develop into this aggressive form of lung cancer.
- Asthma — Spasms in the bronchi cause individuals who suffer from this respiratory condition to have difficulty breathing.
- Byssinosis — Also called brown lung, this disease is caused by inhaling dusts from vegetable fibers such as cotton, flax, hemp and sisal.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — Lungs weakened by chronic bronchitis or emphysema degenerate and lose the ability to function.
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis — Molds, dusts and chemicals can cause this condition of chronic lung inflammation.
- Pneumonoconiosis — Metallic or mineral particles in the air can be the source of this chronic lung disease.
- Silicosis — This occupational lung disease marked by swelling of the lungs results from inhaling bits of silica from sand and mineral ores like quartz.
- White lung — Corrosive chemicals, such as ammonia and chlorine, can cause this debilitating condition.
Compensation for hearing loss caused by excessive noise
Hearing loss, because it affects one of the primary senses, is considered a catastrophic injury. In the last several years, industries have finally recognized the need for ear protection for workers in loud settings. Firefighters, EMTs and other employees who suffered hearing loss because they were exposed to sirens and other loud noises have recently been able to obtain compensation for their injuries.
Get the compensation you deserve for occupational illness in New Jersey
Seigel Law helps workers suffering from occupational illnesses file New Jersey workers’ compensation claims and civil lawsuits when circumstances allow. To schedule your free case evaluation, call 201.444.4000 or contact our Ridgewood office online. Through our contingency fee arrangement, you pay no attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for your illness.