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Exposure to Toxic Substances

Many workplace injuries involve employees immediately knowing that they have been hurt, such as people suffering broken bones or severe burns. While these cases can be more straightforward, workers who have sustained serious illnesses after prolonged exposure to toxic substances may not be diagnosed until several years after they have already quit those jobs or retired.

Florida Statute § 440.02(1) states, “An injury or disease caused by exposure to a toxic substance, including, but not limited to, fungus or mold, is not an injury by accident arising out of the employment unless there is clear and convincing evidence establishing that exposure to the specific substance involved, at the levels to which the employee was exposed, can cause the injury or disease sustained by the employee.” In order to satisfy the burden of proof for clear and convincing evidence of toxic exposure, a victim or family will need experienced legal representation capable of proving that an employer was negligent and should be liable for the harm that the worker suffered.

Lawyer for Toxic Substance Exposure in Miami, FL

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness as the result of being exposed to toxic substances on the job, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel for help possibly filing a workers’ compensation claim. The Hoffman Firm represents people hurt on the job in the Greater Miami area, including Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.

Miami workers’ compensation attorney Evan A. Hoffman represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay absolutely nothing unless you receive a financial award. Call (305) 940-2307 right now to take advantage of a free initial consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and help you understand all of your legal options.


Overview of Exposure to Toxic Substances in Florida


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Types of Toxic Substances Workers May Be Exposed To

Toxic chemical exposure can lead to a person being diagnosed with any one of a number of devastating diseases, including cancer, lung disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. In many cases, these illnesses can lead to significant expenses for additional medical care and some diagnoses can even be fatal.

Some of the most common chemicals or toxic substances that cause worker illnesses include, but are not limited to:

  • Acetone
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
  • Chloroform
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Mold
  • Nickel
  • Pesticides
  • Silica
  • Thorium
  • Uranium

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Workers at Risk of Toxic Substance Exposure

Some employees in Florida are more susceptible to toxic exposure than others. Workers in certain industries knowingly handle dangerous materials, but many others are completely unaware of the severity of some of the chemicals or toxic substances they worked in the vicinity of.

A few of the types of jobs that people tend to contract illnesses as the result of toxic substance exposure include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction Workers
  • Engineers
  • Factory Workers
  • Farm Workers
  • Fishermen
  • Industrial Workers
  • Landscapers
  • Mechanics
  • Medical Technicians
  • Miners
  • Nuclear Power Plant Workers
  • Refuse / Waste Collectors
  • Wastewater Facility Workers
  • Welders

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Florida Toxic Substance Exposure Resources

Mold | Florida Department of Health — Visit this website to find answers to many frequently asked questions about mold. The Florida Department of Health website addresses some of the most common questions and concerns about indoor mold, how it affects human health, and ways in which you can prevent or remove it. You can also find links to additional information about mold from other agencies in the United States.

Citizens Against Toxic Exposure (CATE) — CATE is a Florida-based 501(c)(3) organization with a focus on the environmental condition of the residential neighborhoods near two contaminated industrial sites. On this website, you can learn more about CATE, recent news, and links to related projects.


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The Hoffman Firm | Miami Exposure to Toxic Substances Lawyer

Were you or your loved one diagnosed with an illness after being exposed to toxic substances in the workplace? You should contact The Hoffman Firm for help filing you workers’ compensation claim and obtaining the compensation you and your family need and deserve.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Miami who represents clients in Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Homestead, Aventura, and Hallandale Beach as well as many other communities throughout South Florida. You can receive an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (305) 940-2307 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.


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