Occupational Diseases 101
Are you aware of what an occupational disease is? Do you know that some jobs can cause disabling diseases? Yes, it is unfortunately true. There are some jobs out there that can cause occupational diseases and in fact, make you too sick to work. Your Brunton Law Office in Alton, Illinois can help you get workers’ compensation for these (sometimes) severe diseases. So, What are these tragic diseases that you could potentially get while working? Down below, we list some of the many you may have heard of before.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Contact Dermatitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Hearing Loss
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Now that you know what these diseases are, do you know what causes these occupational diseases exactly? Well, there are multiple ways that you can contract one of these many diseases from your job. There could have been a time that you may have been exposed to gas at the workplace, or super high or low temperatures, radiation poisoning, farm chemicals in pesticides, other toxic chemicals, exposed to high voltage of electric current, maybe a loud noise, or exposed to bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
It is important that when you feel any type of sickness or pain, you assess the situation and see if it requires medical attention. Especially with occupational diseases, as these may be life-threatening. If you wait to tell your employer, you may have issues getting workers’ compensation.
Filing For Workers Compensation
Filing for occupational diseases is not as easy as it may seem. You will have to meet two types of criteria to be able to receive your workers’ compensation. One of which is to be able to show that your sickness is from the hazards in the workplace and show that those hazards are in your workplace.
Another criterion is that your sickness/ symptoms must match known diseases that are from your current place of employment. If you are able to prove both of these criteria, then it is time to prove that this disease was actually a result of your employment.
This is a difficult process, so it is always best to contact one of our lawyers for support if you need it. We can help you make sure you are following all the right protocols and put you on track to get the workers’ compensation that you need.