Cleveland Workplace Injuries & Occupational Diseases Attorney

Workers compensation coverage provides benefits to those with a workplace injury or an occupational illness.

Workplace Injuries

The typical kind of workers’ compensation claim is for an injury that occurs on the job. As the result of an accident or something that happens to you while you were working, you suffer an injury that requires medical treatment. Whether the accident was your fault or someone else’s, you are entitled to benefits.

Examples of on-the-Job Injuries

Workers’ compensation covers injuries that affect you for a few days or for the rest of your life. Examples of on-the-job injuries covered by workers’ compensation include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Serious cuts and abrasions with tendon involvement
  • Back and neck injuries such as herniated disks and bulging disks.
  • Paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Brain and head injuries such as concussion or closed head injury
  • Amputation
  • Loss of use of a limb
  • Pain disorders such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Psychological illness such as depression or post-traumatic stress syndrome if it results from an injury
  • Shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tear
  • Torn medial meniscus or ligaments
  • Second- and third-degree burns
  • Chemical or smoke inhalation
  • Electrical shock

You can also apply for workers’ compensation benefits if you suffer an occupational illness.

Occupational Illness

Workers’ compensation does more than provide benefits for injured workers. It also pays benefits if you suffer from an occupational illness also known as an occupational disease.

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:

  • Occupational cancer, including lung, liver, bladder, bone, kidney and others
  • Mesothelioma
  • Lead, mercury, phosphorus or arsenic poisoning
  • Poisoning by benzol, gasoline, benzine, naphtha, carbon bisulphide, wood alcohol, carbon dioxide or potassium cyanide
  • Occupational dermatitis: Infection or skin conditions caused by contact with oils, compounds lubricants, dust, liquids, fumes, gases or vapors
  • Brass, zinc, manganese or radium poisoning
  • Bursitis
  • Ulceration of the skin or nasal passages
  • Berylliosis
  • Cardiovascular pulmonary or respiratory illness (if you are a firefighter or police officer)
  • Silicosis and asbestosis
  • Occupational lung diseases or respiratory tract diseases sometimes caused by exposure to dust
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow and bursitis
  • Anthrax
  • Glanders
  • Hearing loss and deafness

Documenting Workers’ Compensation Injuries

This may be the first time you have had to deal with the complex process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits. That inexperience can be costly. One of the most common reasons workers’ compensation claims are denied is because the injuries were not properly documented. To insure this doesn’t happen to you, learn about what to do if you are hurt on the job. {Link to: What Do I Do If I Get Hurt at Work?}

Protect Your Rights: Free Attorney Consultation

For more information about workplace injuries and occupational diseases, contact our Cleveland, Ohio, workers’ compensation lawyers to arrange a free consultation.

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