Workers’ compensation claims are often associated with accidents like falls, equipment malfunctions, motor vehicle accidents, and anything else that leads to physical injury. However, certain workplace-related conditions may lead to occupational illnesses, which could also qualify you for these benefits.
The following are some of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States:
- Lung disease. Respiratory problems are particularly common among people who are frequently exposed to dust, asbestos, and other airborne particles. Coal miners, construction workers, and factory employees are among those who are more likely to suffer from these conditions.
- Musculoskeletal disorders. Many of these conditions are the result of repetitive motion. The most common issues involve pain in the rotator cuff and back, along with carpal tunnel disorder.
- Skin diseases. Disorders of the skin are most commonly caused in the workplace by regular exposure to chemicals or constantly having wet hands. Skin cancer, sunburn, eczema, and urticaria are among the most common skin diseases, with high-risk professions including construction workers, motor vehicle mechanics, caterers, and hairdressers.
- Lead poisoning. Individuals who have worked in industries that at one point processed or used lead or lead-based compounds are susceptible to lead poisoning later in life. Today, most industries have moved away from using lead in their operations.
- Computer vision syndrome. People who spend all day looking at screens for their work could suffer from computer vision syndrome, which includes symptoms like headaches, neck pain, blurred vision, eye redness, fatigue, double vision, and eyestrain.
For more information on filing a workers’ compensation claim for your occupational illness, meet with a trusted New York personal injury lawyer at Rubenstein & Rynecki. Contact us at (718) 522-1020 or online to get started.