There are certain protections in place for the support and benefit of injured California workers and families. When an individual is injured on the job, he or she is eligible for benefits to cover medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses. However, workers may not be aware that certain illnesses or exacerbation of an existing medical condition could also be grounds for a workers’ compensation claim.
Occupational diseases are typically caused by chemical or toxin exposure. Sometimes, these illnesses are caused by the repetitive stress of doing the same job for years. Serious occupational diseases, such as mesothelioma, are a direct result of contact with a hazardous material, and they may have fatal consequences for victims. Other types of occupational diseases include asbestosis, skin cancer, lung cancer and more.
Common illnesses caused by workplace conditions or repetitive stress include arthritis, carpal tunnel and certain chronic pain syndromes. Work-related medical conditions and illnesses range from minor to fatal, but they are all painful, costly and can effect a person’s ability to perform his or her job. These conditions, whether they are the result of an accident or not, are all grounds for workers’ compensation benefits.
When a claim is based on an illness or chronic work-related condition, it can be difficult to get the benefits that a person needs and deserves. We know how to effectively navigate California’s workers’ compensation system, and we can help you file your claim. We can also protect your rights if your claim has been denied or delayed. With a case evaluation, you can discover your rights and learn about available legal options.