Imagine the heartbreak of being unable to avoid hurting your 8-year-old daughter's feelings when you yell at her for bouncing around the living room like any other young, carefree kid. Imagine the heartbreak of having to tell your child that they cannot play like that because the small vibrations that it causes in the floor result in agonizing discomfort in your legs.
It is difficult to explain to a small child that when mom went to work to earn money for clothes and food for the child, mom had to breathe in a toxic chemical from the glue she used to adhere furniture cushions together. A child that young cannot understand what it means to have your nerve endings gnawed away by the insidious chemical, resulting in difficulties walking and constant pain. To the little girl, mom is just crabby.
This is unfortunately the fate of one mother out of state and her small child. The mother is unable to work because of the occupational illness she developed that prevents her from walking without a cane, and living a life without pain. The mother says of the condition caused by years of being exposed on the job to a dangerous chemical, n-propyl bromide, "I did the work. This doesn't seem a fair price to pay."
Because the mother is unable to work, she has to rely primarily on financial help from her ex-husband and food stamps to feed her daughter. The employer did modestly settle this victim's workers' compensation claim, but she still struggles. If a worker in Alabama is similarly struggling with an occupational illness, there can be help. A worker best positions themselves to fully financially recover by seeking the assistance of an experienced legal attorney. No one should have to suffer in this manner.
Source: The New York Times, "As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester," Ian Urbina, March 30, 2013
Our firm has experience handling similar cases of occupational illnesses in Alabama. For more information, please refer to our page on workers' compensation.