Some workers are exposed to noxious fumes and dust in the workplace. These workers include people employed in auto body shops, auto racing shops, the airline industry, and in many types of manufacturing and maintenance.
If you have been exposed to noxious fumes or dust at work, the most important thing for you to do is see an appropriate doctor as soon as possible. You should also report the incident to your employer both verbally and then in writing. The written report should be made within 30 days of the incident.
If you are injured due to the noxious air you breathed, then you may be able to pursue a workers' compensation claim in North Carolina. If you breathed in something nasty on a one-time basis, and it caused harm, then you may have suffered an "injury by accident." If you breathe in nasty fumes or dust on an ongoing basis and this results in an injury, then you may have developed an "occupational disease" under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act.
Bob Bollinger has represented workers who were injured in both of these scenarios. However, it can be difficult, time consuming, and expensive to prove that you were injured by noxious fumes in the workplace. It is very important that when a fume event happens to you, that you report it promptly to the employer and fill out an incident report. In addition, you want to get a copy of the MSDS paperwork pertaining to the materials you inhaled, and you want to take a copy of the MSDS sheets to the doctors for your medical chart. Save a copy for yourself and your lawyer as well. If the employer does not want to cover you under workers' compensation, then get in touch with us for assistance. We are happy to provide any unrepresented injured worker in North Carolina with a free consultation.