Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Occupational Diseases

June 24, 2015

Workers’ compensation laws were established to protect workers who are injured during the course of doing their job. A workplace injury is usually a single event – a fall from a ladder, a motor vehicle accident – that caused the injury. Occupational illnesses, which workers contract during the course of their work duties, often develop over time and cannot be traced back to a single event. However, occupational diseases are still covered under workers’ compensation if the cause can be directly related to or brought about by the person’s occupational activity.

Examples of occupational diseases

There are several kinds of diseases that workers might contract in the course of doing their jobs. Among the more common are:

  • Asthma
  • Black lung
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lead poisoning
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA)
  • Skin cancer

Whether you are a health care worker who was accidentally exposed to Hepatitis C through a blood splatter or needle stick, or a worker who developed mesothelioma because of repeated asbestos exposure, if you were exposed to the substance that caused the disease in the workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation if the result of that illness leaves you unable to work.

Depending on the type of disease and how you were exposed to it, you may be able to take legal action against a third party aside from your employer. If your disease was caused by exposure to a toxic substance in your workplace, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer of that substance.

In situations involving occupational diseases, which may have developed over time or even several years after you stopped working at the job where you contracted your illness, you may need the support of an attorney. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can advocate for you if you have been denied benefits or if your case is more complex that the typical application.

If you are suffering from an occupational disease we want to hear from you. Please contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates today. We have successfully represented the needs of workers all throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.