Occupational Diseases Are Covered by Workers’ Compensation
If your workplace conditions cause an illness or chronic medical condition, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for an occupational disease. These diseases include illnesses and injuries ranging from rashes and sprains to cancer and loss of hearing. Despite the severity of some occupational diseases, you may need a lawyer’s help to get the workers’ compensation benefits you need.
At Sher, Herman, Bellone & Tipograph, we have decades of experience with New York workers’ compensation law and all types of work-related injuries. Our firm has been dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers since 1940. We understand that your employer may try to deny your claim for an occupational disease, but you can be sure that we know how to fight back. Even if your illness or injury was caused by work you performed months or years ago, we will work to prove the connection to your occupational disease.
We Understand That Occupational Illnesses Can Be Disabling
Unlike a traumatic accident such as a fall or machinery accident, occupational illnesses and injuries are caused by long-term exposure to hazardous conditions. Workers in any occupation can suffer an occupational disease, whether they work in a factory, hospital, office or at a construction site.
Common occupational diseases include:
- Sprains, strains and repetitive stress/cumulative trauma injuries
- Back pain and injuries from overexertion, including lifting and bending
- Injuries from workstations with poor ergonomics
- Skin allergies, infections, burns and cancers from chemical exposure
- Lung diseases, asthma and cancers from breathing in toxic fumes, smoke, dust or fibers
- Lead poisoning
- Loss of hearing due to loud work environments
These types of illnesses and injuries may prevent you from returning to your job for weeks or months. If your medical condition is permanently disabling, our attorneys can assist you with applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits as well.