When most people think about workers’ compensation claims, they think of workplace accidents that lead to injury. However, there are many other types of workers’ compensation claims. One workplace injury that can develop over time is occupational diseases. Some environments can cause workers to develop chronic and sometimes life-threatening conditions.
One type of occupational disease is repetitive trauma. Repetitive trauma occurs when a worker performs the same task or uses the same tool repetitively for a long period of time. One prime example of this is carpal tunnel syndrome developed as a result of repetitive movements, such as factory work or typing.
Most repetitive trauma must be treated with either physical therapy or surgery, or sometimes both. It can prevent you from working for several weeks or months, and it can lead to a lot of medical expenses. It is important that you are able to support yourself during this time, and that is the purpose of workers’ compensation.
Another type of common occupational disease is mesothelioma. This is a lung condition that can occur due to exposure to fumes, chemicals, and other toxic elements. Mesothelioma is a serious life-threatening condition that often leads to total disability and full-time oxygen use. Workers’ compensation claims for this disease and other similar serious occupational diseases are vital to preserving your way of life.
If you have recently been diagnosed with an occupational disease, do not wait to file your workers’ compensation claim. Report the diagnosis to your employer and start the process. After that, you need to immediately contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to represent you throughout the process to ensure that you get fair compensation. Contact us today for more information or for a free consultation.