Compensation for Occupational Diseases
When people think of workers’ compensation, they generally think of workplace accidents. Nevertheless, many cases covered by workers’ compensation arise from diseases that result from working in certain occupations.
At The Harris Firm, we have more than 40 years of experience helping injured workers suffering from occupational diseases secure the compensation they are entitled to. We offer free initial consultations to anyone who thinks he or she may suffer from an occupational disease. Contact our Cincinnati occupational disease lawyers to learn if you have a valid claim.
What Is an Occupational Disease?
Occupational disease or illness results from exposure over a period of time to a substance that is common in your workplace, but is rare elsewhere. If your physician diagnoses you with an occupational illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. We have extensive experience handling workplace injury claims for a variety of occupational ailments, such as:
- Occupational asthma
- Heart attacks
- Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
- Chemical exposure
- Chemical hypersensitivity
- Dermatitis and other occupational skin diseases
- Lead poisoning
- Latex allergy
- Noise-related hearing loss
- Asbestosis and other forms of lung cancer and lung disease
If you have suffered from an illness that is not work-related, you would not be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits.
What Should I Do if I Think I Have an Occupational Disease?
The first step if you believe you may have an occupational illness is to see your doctor. The process starts upon diagnosis. Then that diagnosis must be connected to the conditions on your job site. You have six months to apply for benefits upon receiving your diagnosis or two years from the onset of any disability, whichever period is longer.
When dealing with any occupational disease, receiving the proper advice and representation is absolutely vital. Do not attempt to handle your case without seeing an experienced occupational disease lawyer.
Contact Our Cincinnati, Ohio, Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Contact our occupational disease attorneys today for a free initial consultation. If we take your case, we will charge you nothing until you receive compensation. We are committed to representing clients throughout the Greater Cincinnati area including in Dayton, West Chester, Mason, Hamilton, Middletown, Batavia, Amelia, Blanchester, Fairfield and other areas throughout Ohio.