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Deputy suffers temporary disability after chemical exposure

First responders and law enforcement in California never know where their next call will take them, nor do they know to what they will be exposed. A sheriff's deputy in Mendocino County recently suffered temporary disability after he was exposed to a dangerous type of pesticide. The exposure happened during the execution of a search warrant.

Reportedly, the deputy was at the premises of a suspected illegal marijuana growing operation. During the search, an insecticide that is banned in the United States was discovered. Metamidofos is listed as a restricted product by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is a trans-dermal chemical that can enter the body through inhalation and the skin.

A report issued by the sheriff's office states that the deputy experienced abdominal problems soon after serving the search warrant. The pain worsened progressively, and he was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment for several days. Reportedly, his symptoms of exposure to the dangerous MSCA continued, causing his ongoing care by a physician.

Injured workers in California are entitled to pursue financial relief through the workers' compensation insurance program. Benefits typically cover all medical expenses, and those whose work-related injuries caused temporary disability might also receive wage-replacement packages. However, if a person who is not linked to the same employer caused the injury or illness, the worker might have grounds to file a third-party lawsuit in a civil court. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can determine the viability of such a claim and assist with the navigation of the lawsuit.

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