Most people do not realize that workers’ compensation law covers much more than typical physical injuries; it can also include occupational diseases.
Occupational diseases are illnesses that are caused by workplace conditions. This means that occupational diseases are those that the general public is typically not exposed to on a daily basis.
Common Occupational Diseases
1. Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common condition for Florida workers, especially those who have repetitive movement as a part of their everyday job like assembly line workers, musicians and secretaries. Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling to pain, and in some cases, surgery may be performed.
2. Lung issues
Jobs that involve exposure to harsh airborne chemicals or other harmful substances could cause severe lung conditions for workers. These diseases could include anything from asthma and asbestos exposure to cancer or COPD. Lung issues often impair a worker’s ability to return to work, and they can take a while to treat.
3. Various skin conditions
Skin conditions caused by exposure at the workplace can take many different forms. Exposure to a number of chemicals can cause eczema, dermatitis, skin cancer or a number of allergic reactions. Millions of Americans suffer from work-related skin conditions each year, and they can be covered under workers’ compensation.
Have you been injured because of your workplace conditions? Don’t leave your compensation up to chance.