Can I sue for being exposed to hazard materials?

Asked over 1 year ago - Chicago, IL

I was doing some side work for someone at their office and they were doing remodeling. I believe I was exposed to hazard materials. It is hard for me to breathe and after doing some research I found that the materials they were working with are hazardous. Do I have any recourse against them?

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  1. Christopher Matthew Kennedy

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    Answered . First, seek a medical opinion as soon as possible and follow your doctor's advice. Next, contact an attorney to discuss the legal implications--depending on the circumstances, there may be a case, either a civil suit or workers comp. How long ago did this happen? Keep in mind the time to file a claim is limited. Feel free to call me if you want to discuss.
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  2. David J. McCormick

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    Answered . First you need to know what you breathed in. Second you need to have a medical doctor say that the exposure led to your current medical troubles. If you get that medical opinion then you should talk with a personal injury attorney.

    Good luck.

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  3. Burton A. Padove

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    Answered . Possibly. You may even have a cause of action against the manufacturer, depending on the circumstances.

    You should contact an attorney for a consultation.

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  4. Stephen Laurence Hoffman

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    Answered . YOu may have a workers' compensation case and/or a third party case against the third party, depending upon the facts. You also are dependent upon a doctor who can connect this exposure to your illness.

    Definitely see a lawyer ASAP before doing anything else. This is a complex scenario and you need to have help unraveling it.

    Stephen L. Hoffman
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  5. Jeffrey Mark Adams

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    Answered . Very difficult question to answer; very difficult case to prove; very difficult injury. There may be pre-emption issues, etc. Good luck.

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  6. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . If you sustained injuries, your first stop should be to the doctor who can diagnose you, then you can consult a toxic torts attorney.

  7. David B Pittman

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    Answered . If you can get a doctor to document that the fumes you breathed in caused your illness, then I would contact a personal injury lawyer ASAP.

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