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Workplace exposure can cause illnesses

There are not many people who worry that their jobs will cause them to contract cancer, but as strange as it might sound, this is actually a concern. Some people have relatively safe jobs, where their greatest health risks are twisting an ankle on slippery stairs. Others have more dangerous jobs, wherein they could be injured by a heavy tool or a malfunctioning machine and suffer a brain injury or lost limb. However, some workers slowly develop a health issue over years of performing their jobs.

Workplace exposure is concerning me. What can I do?

When most people think of injuries they occur on the job, they think of accidents or malfunctions that lead to immediate and sometimes devastating physical injuries. Workers' compensation benefits cover these injuries, which most people also know. However, did you also know that you can be compensated for illnesses that are contracted because of the conditions of your workplace? Equally important, you are protected from working around dangerous substances and conditions.

Workplace exposure could cause illnesses

The most important thing to determine before filing a workers? compensation claim is to determine that your injury was suffered on the job. For many injuries, this is fairly easy to prove. If you are working on a construction site, and you fall down an elevator shaft, it is obvious that you would not have suffered this injury were it not for your job. But for employees who work around dangerous chemicals, illnesses suffered because of exposure may be difficult to prove.

If your job makes you ill you could be due compensation

There are many people who might exclaim that their job makes them sick. But what happens when this is not a frivolous remark but a statement of fact? Every year, many workers in New York are made seriously ill because of hazards in their work environment. For some, this danger is unknown, while others are aware of it, but believe they have been supplied with adequate protection.

Workers Compensation Laws Change in New York

Every worker has the right to a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, referred to as OSHA is in charge of making sure employees have a safe working environment. OSHA intent is to see that worker are protected from illness caused unsafe conditions, one time injuries and hazard that may cause death. Employers are required to make sure the conditions of their workplace are safe and meet OSHA requirement.

Utilizing workers' comp benefits for workplace illness

Workers’ compensation can be a strange or mysterious concept. Even for those who have heard of workers’ compensation, it may be surprising to learn just how many things are covered by workers’ compensation benefits. More than just accidental injuries suffered on the job, employees can also be compensated for illnesses that have been caused by work-related factors such as exposure to dangerous chemicals or hazardous substances that can cause illness. Unfortunately, these factors are not at all foreign to many who work in and around New York City.

Know the dangers of working with asbestos

Some lines of work naturally come with more hazards than others. However, no matter what you do, there is still a chance that you could be injured in the course of your employment. You could slip or fall, a machine or appliance could malfunction or any number of other things could go wrong. However, for some workers the harm is done over an extended period, possibly without them even being aware of it at first.

We can help you maximize your workers' comp benefits

For many people, workers’ compensation benefits are the most important part of any job. Even if you do not ever need to take advantage of them, the safety net that these benefits provide allows employees to perform their jobs without the fear that they will be left to their own devices in the event of an accident. This is especially true for people who work in dangerous occupations, such as construction workers and firefighters, but even jobs that are relatively low-risk could have unexpected adverse health effects.

Illness and disease in workers' compensation

Workers’ compensation may seem like a bit of a mystery, but it’s actually quite simple in most instances. The law exists to provide care for those who are injured or suffer an illness as a direct result of performing the functions of their job. Injuries in particular can be simple to prove, but illnesses may give victims pause. After all, if you fall ill, it can be difficult to tell just how much your occupation contributed to the illness.

Compensation for work-related illnesses

When most people think of the benefits of workers’ compensation, they think of suffering physical injuries that they received on the job, such as cuts and bruises. While you can certainly take advantage of workers’ comp in these cases, you might be surprised to learn that you can also take advantage of workers’ comp for illnesses suffered on the job. If you’ve become afflicted by an illness that was caused by conditions at your place of work, you could qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

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