Gatlinburg Energy & Atomic Work Accident Lawyer
Has your health declined since working at a Tennessee Valley Authority location? If you were exposed to toxic chemicals, radiation, or asbestos at your job site, you may be suffering as a consequence of the hazardous work environment you were in. You have the right to seek financial compensation for your injury or illness. The Gatlinburg energy & atomic work accident lawyers at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette can help you begin the process. We will fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure you receive compensation that will allow you to get the proper medical treatment and continue with a high quality of life.
Common Illnesses and Injuries From Working in the Energy and Atomic Industry
- Chronic beryllium disease (CBD)– This disease is caused by inhalation of beryllium dust or fumes. According to the Office of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security, the risk of becoming ill from beryllium exposure is much higher for Department of Energy workers than other health hazards seen in the energy and atomic workplace.
- Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases – Asbestos has been used for insulating machinery in many power plants. The fibers can be inhaled, which irritates the lungs and can cause mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer, lung cancer, and other illnesses.
- Blood disorders – Exposure to high levels of ionizing radiation at power plants can cause a variety of blood disorders such as aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndromes. In both of these disorders the bone marrow is not able to produce healthy enough red or white blood cells. People with such blood disorders can suffer from fatigue, infections, and excessive bleeding.
- Work Injuries – All workplaces have inherent hazards that must be properly identified with warning signs. Injuries can be prevented with proper safety equipment and training. For example, hard hats should be provided for employees to avoid head injuries.
- Hearing Loss – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is the most common workplace injury in the United States.
What Compensation Covers
Pursuing compensation is important because injuries and illnesses can also be financially debilitating. When determining the amount of compensation to be awarded, the following is taken into account:
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings;
- Medical bills from treatment;
- Pain and suffering;
- The age of the victim; and
- Whether or not the victim has dependents.
Our lawyers can help assess your case and collect documentation of the costs you have incurred as a result of your illness or injury.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
If you have been an employee at one of the Tennessee Valley Authority sites and you are suffering from a medical condition, you may have reason to seek compensation. Some diseases appear years after first exposure to toxins. Get medical care for any symptoms you begin experiencing and then reach out to a knowledgeable energy and atomic lawyer. At Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette our Gatlinburg lawyers will fight aggressively on your behalf so that you can focus on your health. Contact us for a free initial consultation today.