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Workers enlist workers' compensation legal assistance for allergy

There are a number of professionals and occupations that entail possible exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals and other products. The vast majority of employers seek to protect employees from exposure that could cause lasting harm. In the event that South Carolina residents have suffered serious side effects from potentially dangerous substances, they are entitled to seek workers' compensation legal assistance for complex claims.

Recently, several former employees at a plant that manufactures wind turbines filed suit against the company that they claim chose to terminate them after they were diagnosed with serious cases of contact dermatitis due to exposure to chemicals that are known to cause serious allergic reactions and other health complications in susceptible individuals. These injured employees claim in their suit that the company, TPI, elected to fire them as soon as they became adversely affected by the resin epoxy, which is prevalent throughout the work environment. At least one of the former workers has been declared permanently partially disabled due to her advanced case of contact dermatitis along with other ill effects.

Workers have stated that the company failed to provide adequate protective gear whenever workers were required to apply the hazardous chemical to the work product. They were reportedly provided with paper coverings and thin gloves that were an ineffective barrier to the resin. If workers requested additional coverings, supervisors purportedly denied the request based on an attempt to reduce equipment costs. OSHA records indicate repeated reports of allergic reactions, though the agency has not cited the company for any alleged violations.

Purportedly, the company transferred selected employees who suffered from the skin condition while terminating the employment of others. Officials stated it was unable to retain several workers who suffered from more serious forms of the allergy, as it is nearly impossible to prevent exposure for sensitive individuals. The lawsuits were only recently filed, and they have yet to be resolved. South Carolina workers who have suffered a serious work-related illness or injury may also benefit from seeking workers' compensation legal assistance in situations where claims have been denied or whenever they encounter difficulties in the claims process.

Source: desmoinesregister.com, "TPI Iowa sued by workers who claim they were fired after on-the-job injuries", Kevin Hardy and Grant Rodgers, Dec. 16, 2017

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