An occupational disease is an ailment that results due to the tasks assigned during one’s employment. One of the main requirements for occupational disease claims is that the person’s line of work exposes them to risk factors that are different from those that the general public is exposed to. These factors can include activities such as handling dangerous chemicals, and working with needles. Recourse for an occupational disease can often be sought through your employer’s workers compensation insurance.
Common Occupational Diseases
The most common examples of occupational diseases involve long-term exposure to toxic substances. Asbestosis and mesothelioma, for example, are occupational diseases caused by exposure to asbestos, and are often the subjects of occupational disease claims.
Some other examples of occupational diseases include:
- Respiratory illnesses
- Certain types of cancers
- Skin conditions such as cancer or severe sunburn
- Poisoning due to exposure to lead or pesticides
- Infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS due to exposure to used needles
Exposure to chemicals, paint and saw dust can lead to respiratory illnesses that can result in serious complications or even death. Certain chemicals have also been shown to cause cancer. Asbestos exposure has been linked to mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer where symptoms can take decades to present themselves. Used needles can spread HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Repetitive stress disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, can result from the cumulative trauma of everyday work activities such as typing or lifting. Worker’s compensation is the most common remedy in cases involving occupational diseases. It may also be possible to seek compensation from a third party if the third party required you to work in conditions that resulted in the occupational disease.
Southern California Infectious Diseases Attorney
If you have become ill as a direct result of your employment, it is important that you are aware of your rights, as well as the legal remedies available to you. To learn more or make an appointment with a top Southern California Infectious Diseases Lawyer, call Golden & Timbol at 1-888-450-1021 or fill out our online contact form.