Workers’ compensation can be an essential resource for workers who get hurt or sick on the job. These benefits may cover your medical expenses and partially replace wages lost if you are unable to work as a result of your condition.
In previous posts, we have explored different types of accidents or injuries that can result in a workers’ compensation claim, but certain illnesses may also be grounds for a claim. In this post, we will explore some of the common illnesses that people develop on the job which may prompt a claim for benefits.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the most common workplace illnesses include:
- Occupational cancer, including mesothelioma, stemming from exposure to cancer-causing agents
- Stress-related conditions caused by workplace factors
- Occupational skin diseases caused by exposure to hazardous substances
- Influenza, including avian influenza and swine flu
- Hearing loss
- HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B or C spread through workplace conditions
Unlike workplace injuries, it can be very difficult to establish that an illness has been suffered on the job. Whereas a back injury or broken bone can be traced back to a specific incident at work, illnesses can develop over time and there can be arguments made that an illness was caused by factors or encounters outside of work.
In order to better understand how to make a successful claim for workers’ compensation, employees who are suffering from an occupational disease or illness may want to consider consulting an attorney. Legal representatives who are familiar with the workers’ compensation system know what information to gather and how to establish the link between an illness and workplace conditions.
Receiving workers’ compensation can help you stay focused on your health and getting better. Instead of adding the anxiety of navigating the complicated insurance system to an already difficult situation, you can lean on the support of an attorney who can make sure claims are filed on time and in accordance with legal requirements.