Iowa workers who are concerned about being exposed to toxic substances at work may be interested in the plight of a man from another state. His wife said toxic exposure at her husband's place of work devastated their lives. Reportedly, the man worked at a decommissioned nuclear production complex for 33 years.
He said he will never be able to return to work due to many years of toxic exposure, and he claims to have suffered permanent damage to his lungs and his brain. The lung damage causes him to gasp for air, and along with the violent coughing, he sometimes passes out. The damage that the exposure caused to his brain has left him incapable of doing simple tasks. He can no longer drive, and he struggles to read -- something he loved to do before. He is most upset about being kept in the dark about the hazardous conditions.
Despite being assured on an almost daily basis that toxic levels are monitored and always within safe levels, an unknown number of employees -- both current and former workers -- are suffering the consequences of exposure to toxic fumes from underground tanks used to store nuclear waste. The most recent incident reportedly occurred on April 28 when 51 workers became ill and experienced breathing problems from suspected toxic exposure. Those workers are apparently still not able to return to work.
Victims of toxic exposure on the job in Iowa may find comfort in knowing that financial assistance is available. While the benefits offered by the workers compensation insurance fund cannot relieve the permanent damage caused by the exposure, it can relieve this financial burden of ongoing medical expenses. Cases involving permanent disability may be best navigated by an experienced Iowa workers' compensation attorney.
Source: king5.com, "Hanford continues to mislead workers about toxic vapors", Susannah Frame, June 8, 2016