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When is an illness deemed work-related?

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2017 | Workplace Illness |

If you are suffering as a result of an incident that occurred at your place of employment, it is essential to go over your options. In Richmond, and around New York, many people can get workers’ compensation benefits to move on. However, there are certain requirements which must be met. For example, you must be able to show that your illness or injury was work-related. So, what constitutes work-related illnesses, anyway?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an illness or injury is deemed work-related if it happened because you were exposed to something at your place of work, an on-the-job event took place, or an illness or injury that you already suffered from was significantly aggravated by something at work.

It is important to differentiate between illnesses that occur on the job, and those which are not work-related. For example, if your job requires you to travel and you suffer an illness while you are in your hotel, this would not be work-related. Each day, employees in a variety of fields suffer workplace illnesses that essentially bring their lives to a halt. Sometimes, these illnesses are so severe that they cannot return to their line of work ever again.

If an illness that you suffered at work has thrown your life into chaos, you should look through your options and pursue benefits that can help you. This post was composed to offer general information on work illnesses and does not in any way serve as an alternative to legal help.



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