Whether a work injury was caused by a slip-and-fall accident or a heavy
object falling, the injured worker would be covered by
workers’ compensation benefits for their medical expenses and lost earnings. However, not many
people understand that diseases and illnesses which occur as a direct
result of working conditions are also entitled to workers’ comp coverage.
An occupational disease is considered any chronic ailment which arises
due to the workplace environment. As long as the disease is directly related
to an employee’s scope of job duties, it can be claimed under the
law of workers’ compensation and provide the affected employee with
the monetary compensation necessary to pay medical bills and lost wages.
The following are several common workplace illnesses that are covered by
worker’s compensation in New York:
Skin diseases – Workers who are required to be outdoors for long periods of time
(e.g. construction workers, agricultural workers, roofers, etc.) are susceptible
to acquiring skin disorders such as skin cancer, eczema, and inflammations.
Additionally, mechanics, cleaners, and painters come into contact with
hazardous chemicals each day that could also result in occupational skin disease.
Respiratory issues – At one point, respiratory problems were the main contributors
to occupational diseases, especially for those in the construction and
industrial sector who worked with asbestos insulation that resulted in
mesothelioma or occupational asthma. Today, many workers are affected
by the toxins they breathe in at the workplace.
Hearing loss – Constant loud noises are commonly found in construction and manufacturing
jobs. Despite precautionary earbuds, hearing a great deal of noise—day
in and day out—can make workers more susceptible to hearing loss
than a worker in another field.
Overexertion – The vigorous demands of any job can cause strain, especially in
fields that demand physical labor. Overexertion from repetitive tasks,
such as lifting or typing, is one of the top reasons for workers’
If you have suffered any one of these occupational diseases, you may be
eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, if workers’
compensation benefits are not enough to help you make a full recovery
and a third party could be partly to blame for your injury, then it is
wise to speak with an experienced
personal injury attorney.
For more information,
contact Belushin Law Firm at (888) 918-9890 and request a
free consultation with our New York City personal injury attorney today.