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What Are The Most Common Occupational Diseases?

January 23rd, 2020 at 9:35 pm

When people think about workers’ compensation, they will often associate it with catastrophic injuries that happen on work sites. While an amputation or brain injury will likely result in a worker receiving benefits, they are also eligible if they develop an illness because of their work environment. Occupational diseases can take years to develop but can be just as devastating to a person’s health. Even when safety precautions are taken, long exposure to lead, asbestos, or other toxic chemicals will leave a lasting effect.

No matter if an injury is sudden or drawn out from years on the job, most employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It also does not matter if the illness or injury in question was the fault of the employee or the employer. If someone is hurt, and cannot work after three days, employers are required to start paying temporary disability. Illinois law requires employees to report the accident within 45 days. When it comes to an occupational disease, it must be reported as soon as the employee is made aware of their condition.

Although workers’ compensation can be received if work conditions contribute to a pre-existing condition, these are some of the most common occupational diseases caused by a work environment.

  • Asbestosis: Caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, Asbestosis, or asbestos poisoning, is a chronic condition that affects the lungs.  Although asbestos is a natural mineral, it can cause mild to severe damage to the lungs with prolonged exposure. Asbestos is strong, which is why it was often used as a building material in insulation and cement. Symptoms of asbestosis do not appear until up to 40 years after long-term exposure. The fibers create scar tissue in the lungs which can lead to shortness of breath, a constant cough, and an increased risk for lung cancer.
  • Lead Poisoning: Today, it is uncommon to find lead in building materials or consumer goods. Lead used to be a common ingredient in house paint, which endangered workers and consumers alike. If workers spend time in older buildings, they may be exposed to lead through contaminated dust or paint. Symptoms will not appear for lead poisoning until they reach a certain high level. Lead poisoning can have lasting neurological effects, pain, and fertility problems.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Occupational diseases can take years to show symptoms, but you still deserve compensation after the fact. If you have developed a chronic illness due to work conditions, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-115/diseas.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asbestosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354637

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lead-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20354717

What Back Injuries Qualify for Worker’s Compensation

January 14th, 2020 at 9:31 am

IL workers comp lawyer, Illinois job injury attorneyMost people experience back pain at one time in their lives. At any given time, the American Chiropractic Association estimates that 31 million people are suffering from back pain. Despite this, not all pain is treated equally. Having a hard mattress or scoliosis will not likely result in a workers’ compensation settlement. It is when back pain is caused by a work-related serious injury, that a person can receive monetary benefits.

Workers’ compensation takes care of employees if they are injured and cannot work, or have sustained a permanent disease or illness because of work activities. All eligible employees have the right to apply for workers’ compensation after an injury, and all employers are required to have insurance for such occasions. When benefits are approved, a worker is entitled to financial compensation for lost wages and the cost of medical care associated with the injury.

Back injuries can vary, but there are many that a person can obtain while working. Either as a one-time incident or an injury that has developed over time, these conditions will often qualify an employee for workers’ compensation.

Repetitive Strain: For manual labor workers, a repetitive strain can occur from the overuse of muscles, cold temperatures, vibrating equipment, repetitive motion, and keeping the same position for a long time. A repetitive strain injury can happen anywhere, but general symptoms include loss of strength in the area, tingling, and pain of the affected tissues. There are two types of repetitive strain injuries. The first has to do with swelling and damage of the musculoskeletal, and the second is when nerves are damaged due to the strain.

Herniated Disk: Vertebrae are the bones of the spine, and in between each bone is a cartilaginous disk. These disks act as shock absorbers, but when they are displaced or damaged, they can cause severe pain. A herniated disk can be caused by lifting a heavy object or a traumatic injury to the spine. Surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a herniated or damaged disk. Otherwise, physical therapy and pain medication may be used first. A damaged spinal disk can affect other parts of the body depending on where the injury is and its severity.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Back injuries are serious, but unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims get denied all of the time. Sometimes insurance companies need more information before providing benefits, but if your claim is denied, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/176443.php

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