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A lot of on-the-job injuries are sudden: somebody falls off a ladder or stumbles over a tool left in the wrong spot on the floor. However, many jobs expose workers to health risks that accumulate over time—exposure to chemical contaminants can cause damage to a person's body on a cellular level over time and lead to permanent damage and death. When that happens, getting workers' comp to pay benefits to the employee (or his or her survivors) can be a difficult battle. Here's what you should know about workers' comp and occupational illness or disease if you think that you're a victim.
Workers face significant hurdles when filing these types of claims.
Workers' comp can be difficult to get after toxin exposure simply because employers in different industries that work with dangerous and potentially toxic chemicals push for limits on the system and insurers are reluctant to pay. Some experts estimate that 95% of fatal occupational diseases are never actually covered by workers' comp.
What other barriers do workers face when they try to file claims?
There's also evidence that many people simply don't even attempt to file a claim. At least one study indicates that only 9%-45% of workers who suffer from occupational illnesses even file a claim. Employees of larger companies and men are less likely than employees of smaller companies and women to file such a claim. It's possible that many workers don't realize they even have the right to file a claim.
Some diseases are known to be the result of exposure to workplace toxins.
One of the things that can benefit workers in your position is that there are some diseases that have a clear connection to occupational exposure to workplace toxins. Some hazardous materials are also clearly known to be poisonous. Each state maintains its own list of diseases that are recognized under its particular workers' comp system. For example, in North Carolina, epitheliomatous cancer after exposure to tar, pitch, and several other substances is a listed disease.
If you're struggling with an illness that you suspect is related to exposure to on-the-job toxins, talk to a workers' compensation attorney today. An attorney can help navigate the system in your state and provide advice based on your specific situation. Read more about workers compensation by reading the rest of this blog.Share
31 March 2016