Exposure to hazardous chemicals can have severe consequences. Workers' compensation claims in California frequently follow such exposure, and victims might suffer long-term health effects. At least 40 people were affected by an unknown chemical hazard in Los Angeles County. The incident occurred at a facility that manufactures specialty defense industry and aerospace products.
Reportedly a cloud of hazardous materials could be seen when paramedics arrived at the scene shortly before 11 p.m. on a recent Monday. When they realized the severity of the situation, more ambulances were requested. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department says firefighters, HazMat crews and paramedics responded, and many of them remained on site until the following morning. Some of the deputies who responded came from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station to help where necessary.
Although exposure to mixed chemicals affected about 40 people, only 31 of them were employees. Eight workers were transported to two medical facilities while paramedics on site treated all the others. The California Division of Occupational Health and Safety was notified of the incident in the early Tuesday morning hours, and investigators will likely be able to identify the nature of the chemicals that affected the workers.
Victims of hazardous chemical exposure might have questions about their eligibility for workers' compensation benefits. An attorney who has experience in protecting the rights of California workers can provide answers. Furthermore, a lawyer can assist with the complicated legalities and administrative procedures of the claims process in pursuit of maximum benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages for workers who cannot return to work immediately.