An employer must pay damages for an occupational disease contracted by a worker during their employment. An occupational disease can be any sickness, illness or ailment brought about by work conditions and work-related activity. Occupational diseases can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals, gasses, fumes, metals, oils, radiation, and other harmful substances. Occupational diseases can also develop from abnormal work conditions.
Here are some conditions that have been found to be occupational diseases:
- Lung cancer and lung disease
- Asthma, bronchial infections, and other breathing disorders
- Heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions
- Infection and inflammation of the skin
- Skin cancer
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes
- Mesothelioma and Asbestos Poisoning
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Hearing and vision impairments
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety
There are certain cutoff dates for bringing a Workers’ Compensation claim for an occupational disease. You may be unaware that your health conditions were caused or aggravated by your work environment or working conditions. At Banks Law, our attorneys work with doctors on a regular basis, and can determine if you are suffering from an occupational disease. Please give us a call to speak to one of our specialized Workers’ Compensation attorneys.