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New York City Occupational Illness Lawyers

Have you been diagnosed with an illness or disease that you believe is related to your job? Occupational illnesses are more common than many think. While some illnesses are minor, such as contact dermatitis, others are life-changing, disabling, and even fatal. You deserve an experienced workplace injury lawyer on your side to help you prove your injury claim and seek the full compensation you need.

Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers has represented injured workers and their families for over 30 years. Our multilingual trial lawyers will help you pursue maximum workers’ compensation benefits and explore other possible avenues for compensation.

What Is Occupational Illness?

What Is Occupational Illness?

Occupational illness refers to any disorder, condition, disease, or illness that is work-related. Occupational illnesses are usually the result of long-term exposure to hazards on the job or specific work activities, but they can also result from a single exposure to specific hazards.

Some of the most common examples of occupational illnesses include:

  • Occupational asthma, the most common work-related lung disorder
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
  • Mesothelioma and asbestosis due to asbestos exposure
  • Silicosis due to inhalation of silica dust
  • Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) or black lung disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Occupational hearing loss
  • Cancer including lung cancer, bladder cancer, and more due to exposure to carcinogens

Common Causes of Occupational Illness

Many workers are unknowingly exposed to potentially harmful substances on a regular basis. Depending on the exposure, skin contact, inhalation, or ingestion of gases, dust, fumes, chemicals, and substances can lead to illness.

Here are a few causes:

  • Exposure to gases, fumes, and dust
  • Exposure to toxic substances and chemicals
  • Work-related infection
  • Prolonged exposure to a loud environment (usually over 85 decibels) without hearing protection
  • Poor ventilation
  • Inadequate training or protection when handling hazardous materials
  • Inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE)

It is believed that around 69% of occupational illnesses and disorders are not reported. Because these illnesses are usually caused by long-term exposure, the cause is not always easy to pinpoint. In some cases, it may even be years before you show symptoms of a work-related illness or disorder.

Some occupational illnesses have very specific causes that are somewhat easy to identify. Certain occupations are also at a higher risk of developing certain illnesses. Silicosis, for instance, is caused by inhaling silica dust found in stone like quartz. Drywallers, sandblasters, and stone cutters are at a high risk for this type of lung disease.

Cancer is one of the most serious types of occupational illness. The following are some common causes of occupational cancer:

  • Asbestos (mesothelioma and colorectal, lung, ovary, larynx, and stomach cancer)
  • Wood dust inhalation (nasopharynx and sinonasal cancer)
  • Mineral oil and metalworking fluid (bladder, skin, and lung cancer)
  • Coal tar and pitch exposure by roofers (non-melanoma skin cancer)
  • Arsenic exposure by carpenters, woodworkers, and construction laborers (bladder, skin, and lung cancer)
  • Dioxins produced by burning waste, bleaching pulp in paper mills, PVC manufacturing, and manufacturing of certain chemicals (lung cancer)
  • Tetrachloroethylene, a solvent used to degrease metal and dry-clean fabrics (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, esophagus, and cervix cancer)
  • Carcinogens in paint such as talc, cadmium, and silica (lung and bladder cancer)
Who Is at Risk of Occupational Diseases and Illnesses?

Who Is at Risk of Occupational Diseases and Illnesses?

Occupations at the greatest risk of occupational disease include:

  • Healthcare workers who may be exposed to bloodborne diseases, contagious diseases, and tuberculosis
  • Mining with risks that include COPD, lung cancer, silicosis, emphysema, and black lung disease
  • Farming which may come with long-term exposure to harmful pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, fibers, and toxins. Farmers face the risk of farmer’s lung caused by breathing bacteria and mold spores from crops like hay.
  • Construction which carries a high risk of occupational disease from many sources. Trade workers and laborers are often at the highest risk. Dust, fumes, fibers, and chemicals from drywall, concrete, stone, metal, and wood can all cause serious health effects. When these materials are manufactured, cut, heated, sanded, or finished, chemicals, dust, and fumes can be released.
  • Welding which exposes welders to dangerous fumes when metal is heated as well as the risk of vision loss.
Who Is at Risk of Occupational Diseases and Illnesses?

Contact a New York Occupational Illness Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious occupational illness, it is crucial to consult with an experienced New York occupational illness lawyer for the legal representation you need. Claims related to occupational diseases can be challenging and require extensive medical documentation. Your claim may be denied and require an appeals process.

Goidel & Siegel is prepared to fight for the compensation you need. Our multilingual trial lawyers have decades of experience and our law firm is taken seriously because insurance companies know we are not afraid to go to court when necessary. Contact us today for a free consultation with a New York workplace injury lawyer at our office or wherever you are comfortable.

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