When employees think of workplace injuries, acute injuries such as those caused by an accident, fall or mechanical hazard often come first to mind. But occupational illness or disease that develops over time from the worker’s job duties is also covered and represents a significant number of Workers’ Compensation claims. Those who become ill due to long-term exposure or activities on the job may have claims for their condition even if the symptoms and illness take time to develop. Many workplace hazards exist that fall into this category and it is critical for employees to understand their rights to a safe and healthy workplace – and what steps to take if that is violated.
Repetitive motion conditions occur, as the name says, from repeated motions over time that cause carpal tunnel or stress conditions that render the worker partially or even totally disabled. Lower back and spinal conditions are other occupational illnesses that occur in jobs requiring the worker to perform heavy or repeated lifting or back movements that eventually develop into chronic or acute conditions.
Other occupational hazards include long-term exposure to hazardous substances. These substances are often inhaled but injury can also be caused by dermal (skin) contact. Hazardous inhalants and dermal irritants unfortunately are myriad in American industries. Some examples include asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, pesticides and herbicides, petroleum and diesel fuels, mineral, fiber, and coal dusts, and radioactive substances. One of the hazards widely known to the public through litigation and media/public education is asbestos worker exposure which leads often to malignant mesothelioma cancer.
Workers in many industries are exposed every day to toxins or other dangerous substances that may cause lifelong illness and even death. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates proper handing and exposure to these and numerous other workplace toxins and has industry specific guidelines for safety practices and training. However, even these regulations can be ignored or improperly applied, leaving those who earn a living unprotected and at serious risk of disease or death.
When employees find they have an illness resulting from exposure in the workplace, a skilled Workers’ Compensation lawyer can protect workers’ rights and ensure they receive the compensation and medical treatment they need. Workers’ Compensation coverage applies to most workers and is designed to provide those injured or made ill at work with lost wage benefits and medical treatment. Because companies and insurance carriers can unfairly deny a worker’s claim, it is essential to have experienced advice from those who regularly negotiate the Workers’ Compensation system and have the knowledge needed to pursue maximum results.
Wilmington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Those With Occupational Illnesses
If you have developed an occupational illness and need assistance in filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, you will need a reputable law firm with experience representing injured workers. The Wilmington Workers’ Compensation lawyers of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will fight for your financial compensation and medical treatment. We represent workers in Wilmington, Dover, Newark and Middletown, Delaware. Please complete our online form for a free initial evaluation or call us at 302-888-1221.