Occupational Disease Attorneys Morris County, NJ
An occupational disease is a disease or disorder caused by a work-related task or working conditions. Generally, occupational diseases are chronic ailments that are more prevalent among workers in a particular occupation than in other worker populations—or in the general population.
At the law offices of Smith & Doran, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience helping clients receive workers’ compensation for all manner of injuries and illnesses. Chronic ailments can be life-long, debilitating injuries, but with our help you can begin to recover and rest assured that your family’s future is secured.
Types of Occupational Disease
In most cases, occupational diseases arise from activities or environmental factors at the workplace. Types of occupational diseases include:
- Brain damage
- Lung disease
- Lead poisoning
- Skin diseases
- Radiation illness
- Hearing loss
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Computer vision syndrome
An individual disabled by a work-related occupational disease receives the same benefits as for an on-the-job injury; however, a worker suffering from an occupational disease is only required to file a claim once he or she discovers the disease or ailment, not when the disease initiated or was caused by the harmful condition.
This does not mean you can or should wait until the disease develops or worsens. Report the disease to your employer as soon as the condition arises. Failure to report your illness when it arises could result in your inability to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
Causes of Occupational Disease
Occupational diseases may be caused by many different hazards in the workplace. For example, physical hazards include extreme temperatures, noise, and dangerous equipment; clinical hazards include solvents, disinfectants, and other chemicals; and biological hazards include bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Activities involving repetitive motion are considered ergonomic hazards, and stress is considered a psychological hazard.
Some of the most high-risk occupations for hazards and associated diseases include construction, metal machine work, auto repair, printing, healthcare, hairdressing, and catering.
Benefits for Occupational Diseases
Occupational diseases resulting in a permanent partial disability may be classified as “scheduled” or “nonscheduled” losses, depending on the body part that is affected. If, however, your wage-earning capacity is permanently and totally lost as a result of the disease, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits. Our attorneys can help you determine the type of disability benefits that cover your condition.
Contact a Morristown Work-Related Disease Lawyer Today
Employers and insurers sometimes take advantage of people filing for workers’ compensation benefits without legal representation. This is why it is highly recommended that you contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for help with your occupational disease claim.
At the Law Offices of Smith & Doran, we understand the stakes involved with your injury and we are ready to provide personal and effective legal representation. We know how to fight for your future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication. The lawyer you hire is the lawyer you get, every step of the way. Contact us online or through our Morristown offices by phone at 973-261-6254 today to schedule a cost-free consultation.