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Skin Injury: A Common Occupational Problem

April 30th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

skin disease, skin injury, workers compensation lawyer, attorney, IllinoisExposure between chemicals and human skin is one of the biggest problems in the workplace from an occupational safety perspective. The rate and the number of cases involving skin disease outpaces respiratory illnesses every single year. Skin injuries may disable or permanently scar an employee, leading that individual to file a workers’ compensation claim.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, skin disease reports were received at a rate of 3.4 injuries for every 10,000 employees. Respiratory illnesses, however, were only reported at a rate of 1.9 for every 10,000 employees. The majority of chemicals involved in these workplace accidents are quickly absorbed into the skin, causing immediate health impacts and can even contribute to the overall dosage of the chemical when it is ingested, inhaled, or absorbed. When compared with the lung, the skin is a faster more of exposure for an individual.

Although OSHA specifically publishes standards for particular segments of the population more likely to be exposed, accidents can happen in a broad range of industries. Shipyards, marine terminals, and construction sites are high risk areas because employees are more likely to be working near dangerous chemicals.

An employer or supervisor is responsible for educating all employees about appropriate protocol and taking measures to promote safety in the workplace. All employees working in or around dangerous chemicals should be aware of safety gear and emergency procedures if exposure were to happen.

Unfortunately, in situations where spills or other accidental contact happens, a worker can be exposed to high amounts of chemicals through the skin very quickly. With such a fast absorption rate, an individual might be facing short-term and long-term injuries in the form of skin disease.

If your life has been changed by skin disease you got from a workplace injury, contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today to learn more about your rights.

Food Contamination across the United States

October 16th, 2011 at 4:25 am


Contaminated food has seemingly become very commonplace during the month of September.  So far Cargill has overseen a recall of ground turkey infected with salmonella and the FDA has been investigating the presence of Listeria in cantaloupes.  While food makes headlines, it also provides a possibly deadly


Listeria Monocytogenes is a potentially deadly food poisoning bacterium that causes a condition called Listerosis. Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with lowered immune system, and when pregnant women are infected with Listeria Monocytogenes the infection can result in premature delivery, miscarriages, or stillbirth. Additionally, if a pregnant woman is exposed to contaminated food during pregnancy, the child can be born with Listeriosis.


Because Listeria is generally found in uncooked meats, processed foods, and other foods derived from animal products, this particular bout of contamination came as a surprise. In fact, this is the first time that an outbreak of Listeria has been linked to whole cantaloupes.


According to the Center for Disease Control, the cases of Listerosis confirmed to be a result of the cantaloupe outbreak include 11 individuals from Colorado, 2 from Texas, and one each in Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Nevertheless, the cantaloupes were also shipped to grocery stores in Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, so more cases may develop.


The contaminated cantaloupes may be labeled with either a grey, yellow, and green sticker that reads “Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords,” or a green and white sticker that reads “Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe.” If, however, you come across an unlabeled cantaloupe, either contact the store at which the melon was purchased to determine its source, or throw it away. These cantaloupes should not be eaten.


A doctor will be able to diagnose if you have been infected with Listerosis, and if caught in time, it is treatable. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Listeria poisoning after eating cantaloupe, you may have a claim for compensation from the grower, distributor or retailer and others. Compensation will depend on the facts of your personal injury or wrongful death case and may include medical expenses, pain, emotional distress, disability, lost income, and other damages. For more information contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio.


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