What To Do If Your Job Is Making You Sick
If you believe you are becoming sick because of your job, you may be right. Occupational diseases — which may be illnesses or chronic conditions — are real.
It is well-known that certain types of occupations or professions often lead to certain types of illnesses or injuries. Health care workers often develop back pain, welders often develop respiratory ailments and office workers often develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Your job may be making you sick because of:
- A problem with the environment (such as mold in the building)
- Hazardous chemicals related to your work activity (such as welding gas)
- Repetitive stress due to work activities such as twisting one’s wrist or lifting patients, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome or back strain
At the Law Office of Ellene Welsh in Douglasville, Columbus and Atlanta metro area in Georgia, we help injured and sick workers recover benefits for medical treatment, lost income and any disabilities.
Proving Your Illness Is Work-Related
In order to prove that your illness or condition is work-related for purposes of collecting workers’ compensation, you must demonstrate:
- A direct causal connection between your work conditions and the disease or condition
- That your disease or condition came about because of your work activities
- That you did have extensive exposure to the same risks outside of work
- That your illness or condition does not ordinarily occur among the general public
- That your particular condition likely came about because of risks connected with your employment
Also in order to qualify for workers’ compensation for your occupational disease, you must file a claim within seven years of your last exposure to the risk factor(s) on the job (or within one year of the first disablement in the case of mesothelioma) and within one year after you knew or should have known about the condition and its connection to your work duties.
Skillful legal counsel can help ensure that you meet all requirements and properly confirm all qualifying elements such as your last exposure or your last diagnosis.
Find Out How To Get Workers’ Comp Benefits For Free
A knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer can help ensure that you get the compensation you are eligible for. We represent clients on a contingency basis. That means you will not owe attorneys’ fees until we obtain benefits for you. Contact us by email or call 770-884-1879 or 866-959-2946, to schedule a free initial consultation.