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.
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:
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:
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:
Occupations at the greatest risk of occupational disease include:
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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