It is the duty of all employers to provide a safe and clean environment for their employees and customers. However, this is not always the case. Often working in close quarters with many other people, or working in dirty/dangerous conditions can cause workers to become sick, or for preexisting conditions to become significantly agitated. If an event or exposure that occurs in the workplace leads to or is part of the cause of an illness, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
What types of illnesses are covered?
Stress related illnesses including psychological, heart issues, high blood pressure, nervous breakdowns and digestive disorders are more common than you might think. You can also file a claim if you undergo loss of hearing from exposure to noise, repetitive motion injuries, or sickness as a result of working with a toxic substance.
How do I know if I have a claim?
If your illness was caused or agitated in your workplace, and resulted in
- Loss of consciousness
- Missed days of work
- Restricted work activity or job transfer
- A diagnosis from a physician or another medical health care professional
It is likely that you can file a workers compensation claim.
What should I do if I get sick at work?
If you believe you have contracted an illness from work, it is your responsibility to report your sickness to your employer as soon as possible. While there are exceptions, it is typically required for you to make your report within 30 days of getting sick. This way you’ll have the best chance of receiving maximum benefits.
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If you have any questions about workplace illnesses, or believe you may be entitled to receive benefits from your employer, please contact us today. We’ll review your case, and provide free counsel to make sure that you wind up getting the best care you can.