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Workplace illnesses may be covered by workers' compensation

The typical workers' compensation award among workers in New York City is usually seen as a traumatic impact event. A worker gets in a vehicular accident, someone falls from a ladder or a runaway forklift crushes a worker -- to name a few examples. However, modern workers' compensation statutes may also cover some disabling workplace illnesses. These cases are not typical, and they may require extra attention in documenting and proving the work-related causation that is at play. 

Which workers are at a higher risk of asbestos illnesses?

For many years, asbestos was used in everything from trains and car brakes to home insulation and textiles. The fiber was inexpensive and has fireproofing qualities that made it an ideal component of many products. However, for decades now, we have known that asbestos is not ideal. In fact, exposure to it can be deadly.

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