Beryllium is a metal that is used in a variety of industries such as aerospace, nuclear weapons, electronics and more. Although the largest manufacturer of beryllium in the United States is based in another state, workers in Oklahoma and other states may be exposed to dangerous levels of this metal. Workplace injuries to the lungs can be caused when the metal is ground to dust in certain industries.
Oklahoma workers who have suffered multiple injuries in on-the-job accidents during their career may not be aware that they may qualify for additional compensation. If a worker who is already physically impaired as the result of prior workplace injuries suffers severe injuries in a subsequent workplace accident, he or she may be entitled to be compensated by the Multiple Injury Trust Fund (MITF). Provided the second injury is also debilitating and the combination of both injuries cause greater material damage than the disability caused only by the subsequent injury, the worker may have a claim to receive additional compensation.