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The physical nature of working on an offshore comes with assumed risks. Often overlooked, and more difficult to avoid, is exposure to hazardous or toxic substances. This is a risk that is not uncommon in an industry that often deals with oil and natural gases.
Any natural gas or oil is considered a hazardous material. If not already apparent from the oil spill disaster of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, the effect that these materials can have on organisms is damaging. Prolonged exposure to these materials can cause serious illness, and the inhalation of fumes generated during the drilling process has been known to cause disease. The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2013 reported that at least 7% of injuries were a result of “exposure to harmful substances or environments.”
The most common disease derived from exposure to these hazardous materials is lung disease. There is common exposure to benzene, hydrogen sulfide, acid, and crude oils as well. All are toxic chemicals, often inhaled while on offshore vessels and platforms and can manifest in the lungs in damaging ways.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to these, our team of offshore hazardous materials The Carlson Law Firm can help protect your rights.
Lung disease is not the only effect of toxic chemical inhalation. In 2013, the exposure to harmful substances resulted in 12.5% of fatal injuries in the oil and gas industry. These deaths stem from multiple pleural diseases, which is a disease that more specifically affects the lungs in adverse ways.
Various diseases and side effects from exposure to toxic materials on oil rigs includes:
Pleural effusion, a buildup of fluid in the lungs
Pneumothorax, also known as collapsed lung
Lung cancer and lung infections
Shortness of breath, coughing
Buildup of blood in lungs
The seriousness of these side effects, and the resulting diseases in exposure to these hazardous and toxic materials, requires that workers act fast. Symptoms of exposure can sometimes take decades to physically reveal themselves. There are strict maritime laws that protect workers that are vulnerable to the dangerous working conditions found on offshore drilling platforms.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
At The Carlson Law Firm, we believe in signature customer service. This means that we put our clients needs ahead of our own, always. Our staff of experienced trial attorneys and case managers is available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have about filing your lawsuit.
There is no cost to you to speak with us. The Carlson Law Firm works on a contingent fee basis. We only recover our fees if you receive compensation.
During your free legal consultation, we’ll answer your questions and provide clear advice on the next steps to take.