Referred to as “The Silent Killer,” carbon monoxide represents an odorless and colorless gas that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) kills more than 400 Americans each year. An additional 50,000 victims of the deadly gas receive treatment for unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning at a hospital. In the workplace, carbon monoxide causes more fatalities than any other toxic substance except for alcohol. Thousands of workers suffer from the toxic effects of the gas because of high levels of exposure. A growing number of employers provide training for workers that educates them about the signs and symptoms of inhaling the potentially deadly gas.
Despite the education efforts, carbon monoxide poisoning at work remains a problem for employers. If you suffered from the ill effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, you might be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Also called workers’ comp, the financial safety net for workers that become ill or injured on the job requires the submission of a claim form, as well as following a series of steps that are required by state laws. The benefits granted by the workers’ compensation program vary by state. Texas remains the only state that does not mandate employers to maintain workers’ compensation insurance.
Before you file a workers’ compensation claim, you should hire an attorney who specializes in handling workers’ comp cases. Although employers buy workers’ compensation insurance policies, you might have to deal with an employer’s insurance company that refuses to compensate you for suffering from the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning at work. One of the experienced lawyers at Morgan & Morgan can help you receive the compensation you deserve for paying medical bills and making up for lost wages.
Schedule a free case evaluation to learn more about how one of the workers’ compensation attorneys at Morgan & Morgan can help you receive approval of a claim.