An occupational disease is caused by the ill effects of consistent exposure to certain materials and conditions on the job. These illnesses develop over a long period of time, but the health effects can be very serious. Here at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP, our experienced Peru occupational disease lawyers help those injured workers get the benefits they need and deserve.
Examples of materials that some workers are exposed to in the workplace include toxic chemicals, smoke, dust, fibers, fumes, mold and radiation. They may work directly with some of these materials, or may have been exposed because of a safety violation. Conditions that workers may be exposed to include loud noises and poor lighting. Long-term exposure to these materials and conditions can take a toll on the body.
Some examples of occupational diseases include:
- Heart disease
- Skin diseases
- Lead poisoning
An occupational disease is usually not discovered until it has already developed and advanced. A worker notices certain symptoms and goes to see the doctor. Treatment will start soon after, but the worker will likely have to miss some time from work while he or she recovers.
In Illinois, workers who are unable to work because of an occupational illness are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This includes 100% coverage of all expenses for necessary medical treatment, as well as partial compensation for lost wages while he or she can’t work.
We Can Help You Recover Benefits for Your Occupational Disease
But getting these benefits is not an easy process. The correct paperwork must be filled out with the necessary information, and deadlines must be met. In addition, employers and insurance companies often try to deny or reduce their responsibility. For example, they may claim that the illness was unrelated to the workplace. Or they may dispute the seriousness of the illness.
Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys fight to get you the benefits you deserve. We guide you every step of the way in the process. We will help you file your claim, and build a strong case that proves you were injured at work. If your employer or insurance company challenges your right to benefits, we will provide strong representation during all hearings in the appeals process.
Get an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side. To learn more about how we can help you, reach out and schedule a free consultation.