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Workplace illnesses can be more dangerous than simple injuries

Workplace injuries are a tragedy that nobody should have to endure. You must work in order to provide for yourself, and your loved ones, but a workplace injury can make it impossible to continue your job, leaving you without an income. Additionally, depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be worried about returning to work and continuing to perform the functions of your job for fear of suffering another injury.

Some occupations face a greater risk of injury than others, but as troubling as it may sound, workplace injuries are not necessarily the worst of your worries. Depending on the work that you do and the environment in which you work, you could develop or contract a disease, such as mesothelioma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Such diseases are usually a result of workplace hazards such as dangerous chemicals or other agents like asbestos. Daily exposure to such hazards over years and years can eventually take its toll on your body, manifesting as a disease.

There are two things in particular that can make workplace illnesses more dangerous than workplace injuries: difficulty in treatment and difficulty in detection. Broken bones can usually be identified quite easily, and while treatment may take time, it is possible. For occupational illnesses, a full recovery may be difficult or impossible to make, and since the symptoms often take years to manifest, it may also be difficult to detect such an illness.

Perhaps the most important things to consider if you are afraid of a workplace injury are the circumstances of your workplace. If you work in an area in which you are regularly exposed to hazardous chemicals, fumes or asbestos, you should monitor your health closely and see if you develop a disease because of this exposure. If you live in New York, and you believe that you are a victim of such a workplace illness, visit our webpage to learn how we can help you take advantage of your workers' compensation benefits. Our assistance may not only help you make a strong claim, but it may also ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.

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