Occupational illness is a valid reason to seek workers’ compensation benefits, but many sick individuals do not realize they may have a valid claim. If your job is the reason you are ill, you may be able to claim benefits through a claim with your employer’s insurance. Many applicants find it beneficial to learn about their rights before they file a claim.
There are many reasons why workers can become ill due to their jobs. Exposure to dangerous chemicals and other factors can cause people who work in various types of jobs to get sick. While there are some jobs that could place some Oklahoma workers at a higher risk of illness, people in any type of profession could be facing the risk of occupation-related sickness.
Common types of occupational illness
There are various types of occupational illnesses, and sometimes, it may not be immediately obvious that it’s a person’s job that caused the sickness. Sick workers may find it beneficial to understand the most common types of occupational illnesses and why they happen. They include:
- Diseases that affect the skin, including eczema, contact dermatitis and various types of inflammation caused by contact with dangerous chemicals, irritating substances and more
- Loss of hearing, caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise over time, and can be temporary, permanent, total or partial
- Poisoning, caused by the ingestion, contact or inhalation of dangerous substances, leading to serious illnesses
- Respiratory conditions, including pulmonary diseases, asthma, airway dysfunction and more, caused by inhaling dangerous fumes and toxic substances
Occupational illnesses may not always seem serious, but they can require continued medical care and time away from work to recover. Through a workers’ compensation claim, you can seek the medical care you deserve and at least a partial recovery of your financial losses.
Sick workers have rights
As a worker who became ill as a result of his or her job, you have the right to fight for what you need to get better and move forward. If you are considering a workers’ compensation claim, it may be beneficial to seek a full understanding of your rights before you file.
The workers’ compensation claims process can be frustratingly complex and confusing, but you do not have to walk through it alone. You are entitled to a complete explanation of how to fight for the full amount of benefits you deserve after suffering from an occupational illness.