Cancer, Hearing Loss, and Other Occupational Diseases Covered by Workers’ Comp
You have no doubt that your hearing loss has been caused by the high noise levels at your job. Although you wear ear protection, you’re still exposed to deafening sounds on a daily basis. Is this just one of the risks of your workplace, or can you be compensated for your injury?
Many workers are faced with this question. The short answer is that California employees can get workers' compensation for a disease or condition caused on the job, also called an occupational disease.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has received thousands of reports of worker injuries related to occupational disease.
Common Occupational Diseases
- Lung diseases – Industrial workers will often suffer respiratory problems, including silicosis, pneumonia, asthma, and even lung cancer.
- Repetitive stress injuries – Daily repetitive motion often causes tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and other muscle disorders that may require corrective surgery.
- Loss of hearing – High workplace noise levels may cause tinnitus, headaches, and permanent hearing loss in one or both ears.
- Cancer – Exposure to toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and other carcinogens increases the risk of developing certain cancers.
- Cardiovascular injury – Physical labor, workplace stress, and double shifts without sufficient rest are just a few factors that can contribute to cardiovascular injury.
- Dermatologic conditions – Skin injuries, such as rashes, punctures, lacerations and chemical or thermal burns may cause extreme pain and irreversible scarring.
- Reproductive disorders – Chemical compounds or sudden trauma may cause reproductive injuries, such as birth defects, miscarriage, or infertility.
Unfortunately, many employers discourage their workers from reporting these conditions, especially in their early stages. Some employees may be told to “take it easy” after a heavy lifting injury or respiratory episode rather than seek medical compensation. What workers may not realize is that these conditions often worsen over time, and seeking a claim early can help prevent a more serious health issue in the future.
Contact the Ledgerwood Law Group today at 888-761-7383 for legal advice on getting workers' comp for occupational disease, or click the link above to read through our FREE guide, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual.