Employees have a reasonable expectation that the environment in which they work will not pose dangers related to toxic exposure and legal rights regarding workplace safety. So the workers who were exposed to carbon monoxide at Liqui-Mark, a pen and marker manufacturer in Hauppauge, LI, may have grounds for a Long Island carbon monoxide lawsuit.
Long Island personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are looking into the circumstances behind the leak as official investigations are still underway.
Currently, what is known of the incident is that seventeen people were taken to area hospitals after suffering carbon monoxide exposure on June 10th. One employee in particular began to complain of headache and nausea and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. The Hauppauge Fire Department tested all 30 of the employees and found that another sixteen also tested positive for carbon monoxide exposure, though they experienced no symptoms. They were also, however, transported to local hospital for treatment.
The facility is currently closed while the air conditioning unit, believed to be the cause of the carbon monoxide exposure, is fixed. Police said that additional carbon monoxide detectors are also being installed on site.
Toxic exposure and liability issues
Fortunately, all employees seem to have avoided serious injury, though time may tell otherwise. Other carbon monoxide poisoning cases in Long Island have led to death and serious injury. In these cases, it is possible that parties, including the employers, may be liable for any injury sustained.
For instance, it may be that the employers did not use or adequately test carbon monoxide detectors in the facility, so that employees suffered exposure due to negligence. Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment. It is also possible that the Liqui-Mark did install appropriate monitoring systems, but that these systems failed to work even when installed and used as directed, due to a manufacturing error or design flaw. In this case, the company that manufactured the carbon monoxide detectors may be liable.
As the investigation is still unfolding, it is premature to state definitely who the liable parties may be. However, if you believe that you were harmed by carbon monoxide poisoning in the workplace, it is important to contact Long Island toxic exposure lawyers who will be able to carefully sort out the facts in order to provide you with successful representation.
Filing a Long Island carbon monoxide lawsuit
Toxic exposure in the workplace can involve such substances as arsenic, asbestos, benzene, chromium, formaldehyde, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, toxic metals, and many other materials that can cause serious harm either due to a specific incident, such as the carbon monoxide exposure above, or over the long term.
If you believe that you have suffered injury due to toxic exposure, please contact an attorney at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye who is able to conduct a full investigation into workplace safety. Please contact our offices at 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review to find out if you are eligible to pursue a premises liability lawsuit in Long Island.