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

If you or a loved one is in need of filing an occupational disease claim, turn to a skilled legal advocate for assistance. Our lawyers at the Eichholz Law Firm can stand up for you and fight for your rights. We are skilled at showing the link between exposure to chemicals and toxins and the resulting occupational disease or in some cases wrongful death.

In some cases, we may be able to pursue a claim against a third-party. We also have a thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, which we apply to our clients’ cases. If you or someone you know was injured at a port or on a ship at a dock, you may be able to pursue a claim through the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

An occupational disease from a work accident can bring chaos into your life in an instant. Georgia law protects you and your loved ones. But understanding such complex laws can be difficult. We thoroughly know Georgia’s laws and regulations. We can help you put the pieces back together so you can get on with your life. Contact the Eichholz Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation.