Suffering from carpal tunnel after hours at the keyboard? Afraid that exposure to airborne contaminants has affected (or caused) your asthma? You may have an occupational disease – or a condition that you can link to a workplace event (or, more simply, your long-term experience at work).
Fortunately, in these cases, you do have precedent to work towards compensation for your pain and suffering. Southern California workers’ compensation should allow you to seek remuneration for any workplace-related occupational diseases.
What’s an Occupational Disease in the Workplace?
The term ‘occupational disease’ is vague, but that’s actually the point: Any illness or condition that you or your legal team can connect to the workplace should qualify.
There are, however, common types of occupational diseases. These are not limited to but include:
- Repetitive Stress Disorder
- Lung Disease (Including Asthma and Silicosis)
- Hearing Loss (Including Headaches and Tinnitus)
- Cancer (Including Lung and Skin Cancer)
- Skin Conditions (Including Rashes and Thermal Burns)
- Radiation Poisoning
- Pesticide Exposure
- Chronic Pain
It’s important to note that occupational diseases can result from both exposure to materials at work as well as the type of work a person repeatedly performs.
What Causes an Occupational Disease?
As the definition of an ‘occupational disease’ is very wide, so are the potential causes. Workers that spend large amounts of time around known dangerous or corrosive substances, such as radiation, toxic waste, hazardous chemicals, tend to be more at risk.
Other examples may be more industry-specific. For example, miners who spend their days underground, exposed to coal dust, may contract lung disease. Workers who spend their days in factories may breathe in toxic chemicals or suffer from exposure to dangerous radiation levels. Farmers may use pesticides that can cause them to develop illnesses. Contractors or builders who work with older buildings may have asbestos in their environment.
Piecing together symptoms, causes, and sources of danger in a workplace environment can require a lot of due diligence and detective work—as well as deft, demonstrative conversations with employers and insurance companies.
Don’t try to do all of that alone. Work with a skilled, savvy group of Tarzana workers’ compensation legal experts to pursue benefits so you can concentrate on healing and moving past your incident.
We’re Southern California Accident Defenders Ready to Help You
Any occupational disease can affect your day-to-day quality of life—as well as your ability to work and support your family. You need to take action today to ensure that your condition doesn’t have an outsized effect on your future.
Fortunately, that’s where we come in. With our years of experience, we can assist with analyzing medical records, negotiations with your workplace and your insurance, and any representation needs you may have.
Joshua R. Kohanbash, Esq., and the team at Accident Defenders are ready to help you protect your future. Call our team today at 323.818.HURT or fill out our brief online form to learn more about how we can serve you.