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
The following are some occupations that carry a high risk of occupational disease:
- Automobile repair
- Metal machine work