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California readers know there are some jobs that could come with a higher risk for injury. Whether you work in an office or you have a job that many consider inherently dangerous, you have certain rights to seek compensation in the event of a workplace accident. You could have a right to workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries as well as for any occupational illness you contract as a result of your job. 

Occupational illnesses can affect workers who face exposure to toxic substances or an environment that leads to the development of certain medical conditions. If you are sick and your work is to blame, you could have a valid reason to seek financial support so that you can recover. Sick workers can fight for the support and care they need to get better.

Ways that work can make you sick

The impact of toxic exposure is not always immediately clear. Sometimes, it takes months or years for it to become clear that you are sick. The fact that your occupational illness developed over time does not diminish your right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. You always have the right to legal support to explain your options and help you fight for your full recovery.

Occupational illnesses vary in type and severity. Some of the most common include the following:

  • Conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as acute congestion, asthma and reactive airway disease
  • Hearing loss, partial or complete, often caused by prolonged exposure to loud equipment or noises
  • Poisoning, such as lead poisoning, mercury exposure and contact with dangerous chemicals
  • Skin diseases, such as dermatitis, eczema, inflammation of the skin and ulcers

Other types of work-related illness that could cause you to miss work and require medical treatment include sunstroke, exposure to extreme temperatures and more. Your sickness could be a significant financial burden on you and your family, but you do not have to face it alone.

The insurance claims process

In order to have a successful workers’ compensation claim, you must be able to provide medication documentation and more. Your employer likely has a process for reporting and filing a claim, and navigating the claims process is no easy task.

You may find it beneficial to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case in order to understand your rights and the challenges of the workers’ compensation process. Occupational illnesses are serious, and you can fight for what you need to get better.