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Occupational Diseases

An “occupational disease” is a chronic ailment that a person develops over time due to one’s work-activities. Unlike injuries sustained due to an on-the-job “accident,” occupational diseases are not typically based upon a single event causing immediate injury. For example, commonly, occupational diseases afflict workers who are exposed to specific, environmental hazards as an incident of their employment.Common occupational diseases covered by the Workers’ Compensation system include:
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lower Back Problems caused by Constant Lifting
  • Mesothelioma caused by Exposure to Asbestos
  • Heart Attacks and Strokes caused by Acute Stress and/or Engagement in Prolonged, Unusually Physical Work over a Period of Time and
  • Exposure to Toxic Chemicals while assisting at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001.

These claims are much more complicated than claims for injuries stemming from a single incident. Also, when bringing an occupational disease claim, you will be required to identify your “Date of Disability” (rather than a Date of Accident/Date of Injury), which can be the date when your doctor diagnosed your ailment as work-related, the first day you missed work due to your ailment, or the date when you knew – or should have known – that your ailment is work-related.

As with accident claims, a two-year statute of limitations could prevent you from bringing a successful occupational disease claim. The involvement of your physician in preparing a medical narrative-report and being available to testify in support of your claim is almost-always a pre-requisite to your success.

We strongly encourage you to consult with an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney before taking any action towards beginning your claim.

With our no-fee promise, it costs you nothing to call us and secure an attorney for your case. Call our office in Westbury today at 516-259-0078, or visit our contact page.

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