When someone is injured at work, you typically know that they should seek compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered, which can be serious. What happens, however, when they get sick because of their work conditions?
Work-related illnesses can be tough to recover from and can leave you unable to work. Unfortunately, proving that your illness was work-related might not be so simple as an injury would be.
If you’ve gotten sick at work, note that you can seek workers comp for the following illnesses. If you suffered because of your job, you’ll need your compensation as soon as possible.
Poisonings from Materials
Many workers in factories or similar conditions are exposed to dangerous chemicals, metals, and materials every day. In some cases, this can lead to serious illnesses that can make it impossible to recover. The following are a few examples of harmful materials that could leave you in a bad position:
- Hydrochloric acid and other acids
Proving that you’ve suffered from poisoning by one of these materials will depend on your diagnosis and how often you’re exposed to these materials. For example, you might work with asbestos on a regular basis, and now you’re suffering from mesothelioma. Your diagnosis and the proof you might have that you have been exposed to asbestos will be important to your claim.
You might have also suffered from a long-term illness because of trauma to a body part through the course of your work. If your job puts a strain on part of your body, it could develop into a long-term condition.
For example, let’s say you’re a railway worker. You spend every day in that noisy environment, and over time, it damages your hearing. You’re then diagnosed with hearing loss, and you may be owed workers compensation. Because you were injured over time by your job, you might seek out compensation for your medical costs. Hearing aids and treatment can be especially expensive.
Get Help for Your Illness
If you’ve suffered on the job, you should receive your work comp benefits. While you might not have been injured, you should be compensated for the suffering you’ve experienced because of your job. Unfortunately, your employer might not agree.
If your employer disputes your illness claim, you may need an attorney to fight for your work comp benefits. These benefits are vital for your recovery, but your employer might not be so willing to pay for your injuries.
Fortunately, even if you’ve received a denial, you will have the chance to fight for your compensation. North Carolina workers should receive the full workers comp benefits they need to recover, and if you’re struggling to get your compensation, reach out for the help an attorney can provide.