New Jersey Occupational Disease Claims
Woodbridge Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Handling Illness on the Job Benefit Cases
An occupational disease is a type of illness gained or made worse while working that becomes chronic, causes distress or death. As repetitive movements and a single workplace accident can lead to injuries on the job, occupational diseases can stem from a prolonged or one-time exposure to substances or a work environment that causes a person to become ill.
Workers’ compensation benefits offer a financial safety net to workers who suffer workplace injury, including employees dealing with occupational diseases or illnesses. The workers’ comp attorneys at The Spevack Law Firm have been representing workers throughout New Jersey since 1928. Our New Jersey occupational disease attorneys know how to protect your rights. We can help you file a strong claim for workers’ comp benefits in addition to seeking compensation from all the parties that may be responsible for the development of the work illness or disease.
If you have an occupational disease, our Woodbridge workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help New Jersey workers in any way we can from our law offices in Iselin, New Brunswick and Teaneck.
Types of Occupational Disease and Illness
Doctors know now certain types of work may have higher rates of particular occupational diseases because of the materials and conditions in which workers performed these jobs. For example, Navy sailors who worked on ships built prior to 1980 may have a higher chance of developing mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos used on older ships.
Various medical conditions may qualify workers to workers’ compensation benefits for occupational illness or disease. These benefits may also change based on the specifics of the unique work history of the individual. Examples of occupational diseases and illnesses include:
- Mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung and other disease – Caused by inhaling fibers from asbestos and asbestos-containing products
- Black lung (pneumoconiosis) – Common in coal miners from inhaling coal dust
- Brown lung (byssinosis) – Common in cotton and textile factory workers
- Farmer’s lung – Caused by inhalation of bacteria and mold spores in hay
- Cancer – Caused by workers receiving exposure to toxic substances like benzene, formaldehyde, pesticides, manganese found in welding rods and other carcinogenic agents
- Neuropathy – Caused by exposure to vapor from industrial chemicals
- Biological agents – Illness caused by virus, bacteria or germs workers may be exposed to on the job
- Repetitive motion injuries – Common for office workers, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders
- Respiratory disease – Caused by inhaling certain types of dust while working, which includes asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
If you have experienced these or other illnesses related to your occupation, it might be beneficial to discuss your situation with one of the experienced Woodbridge workers’ compensation lawyers of The Spevack Law Firm about your best legal options. A Woodbridge workers’ compensation lawyer may also be able to find other liable outside parties, such as chemical manufacturers, using our past work successfully going up against some of the biggest insurance companies and corporations in America to pursue any additional financial damages that may be available.
Did My Job Put Me at Risk for Occupational Disease?
There are many industries with high rates of occupational diseases. Some of the more common industries associated with occupational disease include:
- Auto repair
- Oil and gas
- Coal mining
If you have a disease that could be related to your occupation, the Woodbridge workers’ compensation lawyers of Spevack Law Firm are here for you and for the families of workers who passed away due to an occupational illness or disease. If you have wrongfully been denied workers’ comp for an occupational illness, we also want to fight for you.
To learn more about how you may be able to file a workers’ comp claim for a disease or illness that may be related to your job, contact our New Jersey workers’ comp attorneys today.