Cleveland Occupational Disease Attorney
Occupational Diseases Covered by Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation does more than provide benefits for injured workers. It also pays benefits if you suffer from an occupational disease.
If you think your disease may be caused by a workplace condition, the law firm of Garson Johnson LLC in Cleveland, Ohio, offers a free consultation to explain your rights and your options.
What Is an Occupational Disease?
Unlike a workplace injury, an occupational disease occurs gradually over time. Some workers don't even realize that a disease such as a chronic skin condition or respiratory illness may be caused by exposure to a substance in the workplace. To be considered occupational, the conditions in the workplace must place you at greater risk to the illness than the general public. The illness must be confirmed by a medical diagnosis.
Workplace conditions that may cause disease include exposure to toxic chemicals; dust, gases or fumes; extreme noises or temperature changes; physical vibrations, constant pressure and use; repetitive motions; radiation or radioactive rays; and disease-causing organisms.
Examples of Occupational Illnesses
Examples of occupational diseases may include:
- Lead, mercury, phosphorus or arsenic poisoning
- Poisoning by benzol, gasoline, benzine, naphtha, carbon bisulphide, wood alcohol, carbon dioxide or potassium cyanide
- Infection or skin conditions caused by contact with oils, compounds lubricants, dust, liquids, fumes, gases or vapors
- Brass, zinc, manganese or radium poisoning
- Ulceration of the skin or nasal passages
- Cardiovascular pulmonary or respiratory illness (if you are a firefighter or police officer)
- Silicosis and asbestosis
- Diseases of the respiratory tract caused by exposure to dust
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow and bursitis
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For more information about occupational diseases, contact our Cleveland, Ohio, workers' compensation lawyers to arrange a free consultation.