What Are Occupational Diseases?

Safety and Health Hazards

Have you been injured on the job? Was the injury sustained over a long period of time, such as due to a repetitive motion task related to your work? If so, you may be experiencing an occupational disease. Occupational diseases are any long-term health complication that arises because of exposure to harsh working conditions, toxic chemicals, or constant contact with harmful substances. These afflictions can have life-threatening complications, including cancer, lung diseases, and skin diseases. If your working environment caused serious occupational hazards such as the risk for occupational disease, then you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

Skin and lung diseases are some of the most common occupational diseases for workers to experience. Workers exposed to sunlight, chemicals, and wet skin for long periods of time can develop skin diseases such as melanoma, skin cancer, severe sunburns and rashes, chemical burns, and eczema. Lung diseases such as asbestosis, black lung, and occupational asthma may arise from the inhalation of chemicals, poor air quality, and exercise-induced asthma. Other serious concerns for workers include carpal tunnel from repetitive movements of the fingers or wrists, vision complications, and foot problems from hours of standing.

Working with an Attorney

Do you feel that you have an occupational disease? Is your work environment not conducive to healthy and safe working conditions? You may be entitled to receive compensation. If you are suffering from a long-term health issue because of your service to your profession, then you may be able to receive financial help for your medical bills, loss of wages, and stress that was caused to you by your job. With the guidance of Meyerkord & Meyerkord's trusted and understanding attorneys, you may be able to file a workers' compensation claim, appeal a denied benefit, and receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact our firm today to speak with a lawyer.