Boston Toxic Chemical Exposure Lawyers
Over 100 Years Combined Experience Representing Those Injured by Negligence in Massachusetts
For years, victims and families have sought out Breakstone, White & Gluck after traumatic injuries caused by toxic chemical exposures, accidents and explosions in Massachusetts. These incidents are always serious and our personal injury lawyers are ready to assist those injured. We have more than 100 years combined experience investigating injuries and wrongful deaths and holding companies accountable for negligence.
OSHA maintains a long list of controlled toxic and hazardous chemical substances. Each chemical must be used according to detailed safety regulations depending on the chemical properties. Some chemicals explode when they interact, others create toxic fumes while others are acids. Under OSHA regulations, employers must maintain a list of hazardous chemicals used in the workplace and conduct regular testing to ensure workers are not put at risk.
Chemical exposure can happen by inhalation, ingestion and physical contact. Chemical exposure and accidents can happen in the workplace, industrial settings, retail stores, restaurants or when construction accidents occur. Commercial trucks can crash, cause chemical leaks and require haz-mat team response. In restaurants, workers can be injured as they handle chemical cleaners. These chemicals should only be handled by workers who are specifically trained in cleaning services.
Worker's compensation may be able to provide a worker with partial lost wages and medical expenses, but workers who have been injured as a result of negligence may be able to seek additional damages under Massachusetts law. It is important to consult a personal injury lawyer to learn your legal rights, especially in cases involving long-term injury, disability or wrongful death.
Chemical Exposures May Involve:
- Super 8
- Scale Kleen
- Industrial cleaning chemicals
- Toxic mold
- Asphalt fumes
- Diesel exhaust
- Ethylene oxide
- Hydrogen sulfide
- Toxic metals
- Synthetic mineral fibers
- Flammable liquids and materials
- Carbon monoxide
Toxic Chemical Exposure Injuries
- Chemical burns (caustic burns)
- Chemical inhalation
- Skin rashes, dryness or discoloration
- Respiratory illness
- Lung problems
- Vision problems or blindness
- Lead poisoning
- Kidney damage
Chemical Exposure Cases in Massachusetts
Over the past decade, Massachusetts has seen serious toxic chemical accidents. Workers have been injured, as have customers and neighbors.
In Norfolk, a chemical gas explosion tragically killed an electrician in 2010. EnergyUSA under-filled a new propane tank, removing the chemical odorant. Our attorney represented the victim's family in their wrongful death case, obtaining a $7.5 million settlement, as Massachusetts and the federal government approved new safety regulations.
In North Andover, the Dow Chemical Plant has seen two chemical explosions, with one death in 2013 and four serious injuries in 2016. In the 2013 explosion, the hazardous compound was Trimethylindium, a pyrophoric substance which powerfully ignites in contact with air or other materials.
A fatal leak of ammonia claimed the life of a worker at Stavis Seafoods in South Boston in 2016. The man had been fleeing the warehouse when he was overcome by the gas.
Causing massive destruction in 2018, the Merrimack Valley gas explosions caused one death, injuries and evacuations in parts of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. As the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) found, the cause was mismanagement by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, which owned the overpressurized pipeline.
In 2019, a restaurant manager was killed and suffered a chemical exposure at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington. The exposure was caused when Super 8, which contains both bleach and chlorine, interacted with Scale Kleen, an acid based cleaner.
Free Legal Consultation - Contact a Boston Toxic Chemical Accident LawyerBreakstone, White & Gluck is experienced in helping victims recover financial compensation for their injuries after chemical exposure and explosions. We represent those injured by negligence in the workplace, residents and others. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensatory and punitive damages from the negligent party. To learn your rights, contact our attorneys at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.