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Common Occupational Illnesses

Common Occupational Illnesses

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’ compensation claims.

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.


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