Occupational Disease

Some occupations carry a high risk of contracting illnesses from long-term exposure to hazardous substances or toxins, such as asbestos fibers, or long-term strain on the body.

Employees can file a workers’ compensation claim related to these types of injuries, known as occupational disease.

You may be eligible to recover compensation for medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. Occupational disease claims can be filed in connection with the following on-the-job injuries

Types of Occupational Diseases

  • Asbestosis, which is lung disease due to asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma
  • Other occupational lung disease and cancers
  • Brain damage due to exposure to benzene, formaldehyde and other industrial chemical vapors
  • Silicosis, which is caused by inhaling silica dust
  • Radiation sickness
  • Lead poisoning

High-Risk Occupations

The following are some occupations that carry a high risk of occupational disease:

  • Automobile repair
  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Hairdressing
  • Healthcare
  • Metal machine work
  • Printing