Tampa Occupational Illness & Disease Lawyer
When people think of workers’ compensation benefits, they tend to think of workplace accidents and injuries. However, illnesses and diseases can also occur in the workplace.
An occupational illness is an exposure that occurs in the workplace that causes a medical condition or worsens a preexisting condition. An illness can affect the skin, organs (such as the lungs), or musculoskeletal system.
Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dermatitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome are some of the most common occupational illnesses. However, there are many more that a person could experience. Make sure you get fully compensated. A Tampa occupational illness & disease lawyer at Franco Law Firm can help.
Types of Occupational Diseases
The most common types of occupational illnesses include:
Respiratory conditions. These are illnesses associated with breathing chemicals, gasses, dust, fumes, and other hazardous materials. Some examples include asbestosis, tuberculosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Musculoskeletal disorders. These include carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries.
Hearing loss. Identifying hearing loss can be complicated to understand, but it refers to a change in hearing threshold of 10 dB or more in either ear at 2000, 3000, and 4000 hertz.
Skin diseases. These are often caused by exposure to chemicals, plants or other substances. Common examples include eczema, contact dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, and rashes.
Poisoning. This is caused by toxic substances being absorbed or ingested into the body. Common causes of poisoning include lead, mercury, carbon monoxide, insecticide sprays, and formaldehyde.
Unclassified illnesses. These include heatstroke, frostbite, decompression sickness, HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, and tumors.
Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Franco Law Firm can help you with your workers’ compensation claim. Here are some situations in which having a lawyer on your side can be helpful:
Your claim is delayed or denied. Employers and workers’ compensation insurers may deny your claim in hopes that you won’t appeal. Hire a lawyer for the best chance to receive a fair settlement for your illness.
The settlement offer doesn’t cover everything. Workers’ compensation claims are often undervalued. An occupational illness can be a long-term issue that results in significant medical bills and lost wages. Make sure your losses are fully covered. Your lawyer can help you get you the best settlement possible.
Your medical issues restrict your employment. If your occupational illness has placed restrictions on your job because you have become disabled in some way, you deserve compensation to make up for your lost wages. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney can help you with this.
Contact Franco Law Firm Today
Many workplaces involve gasses, chemicals, and smoke, which can make an occupational disease likely to occur. A disease can be long-lasting and cause significant wounds and damages.
Let the team at Franco Law Firm guide you through the process of filing a claim. Schedule a consultation with our Tampa occupational illness & disease lawyer today. To get started, fill out the online form or call (813) 872-0929.