Common Types of Workplace Illnesses

Virginia Workers’ Compensation Law permits you to claim benefits if you suffer an occupational disease that is directly related to your work. When claiming an occupational disease, you’ll usually need strong medical evidence to back up your claim. Because diseases occur over time, it may be hard to determine exactly when your problems began. Your employer may argue that you suffered from the illness before you began working. An experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer will work with your doctors to help show your illness was and is work related. Because some illnesses don’t have cures, you may be entitled to long-term benefits.

Types of Occupational Work-Related Diseases:

  • Mesothelioma is a form of cancer often attributed to asbestos exposure. Many workers contracted mesothelioma at construction sites because they inhaled or were exposed to asbestos fibers.
  • Exposure to pesticides, which are often used to protect plants from disease, cause skin damage and respiratory illnesses in workers. In a similar manner, insecticides, which are used to kill insects, can also cause skin and respiratory damage.
  • COPD is a lung disease. People who are exposed to certain chemicals or pollutants may be at risk for this disease. Common symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, tiredness, wheezing, coughing, and respiratory infections

Other work related illnesses can cause damage to the nervous system.

Contact a Norfolk Workers’ Comp Attorney for Help Today

Attorney Joe Miller has over 25 years of experience and has helped many Virginia residents who have suffered from illnesses caused by their working conditions. If you suspect or have reason to know that your illness is work-related, contact Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyer Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., today by calling (888) 694-1671 and learn more about what he can do to help fight for you.