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.