Workers' compensation covers more than just physical injuries. It also covers occupational diseases that are contracted by performing specific types of jobs. In order to qualify for a claim that involves an occupational disease, the condition you are diagnosed with must be directly related to your employment.
What Health Conditions Qualify
Occupational diseases that qualify for workers' compensation include, but are not limited to:
Hearing loss – Exposure to constant loud noises over an extended period of time
Mesothelioma and other forms of lung disease – Mostly pertains to asbestos removal and other types of insulation removal
Allergies – Repeated exposure to chemicals or substances that eventually results in an allergy or anaphylactic shock
Heart disease – Working for several years in a high-stress environment commonly leads to high blood pressure and heart disease
Lymphoma – Is common in people who have worked for several years in the pest control industry
Orthopedic- injuries caused by constant stress to the body leading to “worn out joints” - constant lifting or moving heavy objects
If you have been diagnosed with any of the above diseases and want to be considered for a workers' compensation claim, you only have a limited time to file the claim. The type of disease will determine the specific amount of time.
If you have worked in any of these environments or have health issues that are related to specific types of jobs, contact your attorney and find out if you are within your rights to file a workers' compensation claim. They will tell you what is required for you to file a claim and the time frame in which the claim must be filed.