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Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for a Disease or Illness I Acquired at Work?

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santa clara county workers' compensation lawyerWorkers’ compensation is typically associated with traumatic workplace incidents such as falls or equipment-related accidents. However, California workers’ compensation may also cover illnesses and diseases that a person acquires at work. If you have fallen ill and the condition is work-related, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and part of your lost income. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims involving illnesses are often harder to prove than other types of worker’s compensation claims.  

What Types of Illnesses May Be Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

California covers injuries and illnesses resulting from the work environment and/or completing work tasks. So, if your illness or disease can be linked to job duties or the workplace, you may qualify for compensation. Some illnesses that often lead to workers’ compensation claims include:

  • COVID-19 – If you contracted COVID-19 at work, it is possible that your medical bills and lost income will be recoverable through a workers’ compensation claim. Respiratory illnesses like coronavirus were already typically covered by California workers’ compensation. However, Senate Bill 1159 and other legislation have further established workers’ right to compensation.

  • Cancer – Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most life-changing experiences a person can go through. If you were exposed to cancer-causing agents or radiation at work and then developed cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.

  • Hearing loss – Working with loud equipment or in loud environments can lead to hearing loss. If you suffered hearing impairment because of your job, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills as well as medical devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.

  • Infectious diseases – Some workers are exposed to infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis at work. If your disease can be linked to an event at work such as an accidental needlestick or exposure to someone with the illness, you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim.

  • Dermatitis and skin diseases – Long-term exposure to irritating chemicals can lead to painful skin problems. Skin conditions like dermatitis are some of the most commonly reported occupational diseases.

Contact a Morgan Hill Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Occupational diseases and illnesses can lead to missed work, expensive medical needs, and other expenses. If you suffered an illness because of your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you deserve is sometimes a challenging endeavor. For help, contact a Santa Clara County workers’ compensation attorney at Cramer & Martinez, LLP. Call our office today at 408-848-1113 for a free consultation.

Source:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB1159

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