For most people, workers’ compensation is a benefit that they will hopefully never have to take advantage of, and which will only be needed in the event of a tragic and unexpected injury caused by accident, negligence or lack of safety features. This is why workers’ compensation is so important for employees who work around large machinery, such as construction workers or factory workers. There are far more health concerns than bruises suffered from falling objects, and depending on your industry, you may be suffering from something that will plague you for the rest of your life.
New York is a veritable metropolis, with industries of all kinds employing a great many workers to do a great many jobs. Some of these jobs expose New Yorkers to toxic chemicals or hazardous materials that are not healthy for the human body. Most of the time, this exposure is relatively harmless in small doses, but after years and years of repeated, constant exposure, an individual may find that he or she is suffering from a chronic illness.
Health issues such as asthma, mesothelioma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are just some of the issues that an individual may suffer from, particularly if his or her job requires exposure to asbestos. While workers’ compensation benefits do cover such chronic illnesses, they are not always easy to prove.
If you have a broken arm, it is fairly obvious that it was caused by some kind of external force. Lung cancer, however, could happen to anyone, especially if there is a genetic history of lung cancer in the family. As a result, you may have trouble proving that your lung cancer was the result of your job, and not simply time and genetics; that’s where we come in. If you are suffering from a chronic illness that you believe was caused by your job, please visit our webpage and learn how we can help you recover workers’ compensation benefits for your illness.