Can You Get Worker’s Compensation for Occupational Disease?
Workplace injuries do not just affect you on the job. Incurring a single injury can make it difficult for your family and finances, but developing an occupational disease can go even further by affecting your lifestyle, too. The John Mobley Law Firm knows how taxing this can be, so we are to help you through the process.
Fortunately, you can file for worker’s compensation for occupational diseases. Still, the process is different compared to traditional worker’s compensation cases. An occupational disease is any illness or condition associated with a particular occupation or industry. The disease develops over time after extended exposure to risk factors. Because there is no single date of injury, the date of diagnosis or the date you confirm your injury is work-related is used in place of the date of injury.
Proving your disease is work-related might be difficult in some cases. Some conditions, like asbestosis or black lung disease, are already accounted for because they typically only appear in specific job fields. For jobs considered high-stress, like being a fireperson or police officer, mental health coverage might be included already. But when diseases are not industry-specific, like COVID-19 or repetitive strain injury (RSI), you are expected to provide solid evidence to support your claim. Similarly, if you claim your job exacerbates a pre-existing condition or you claim to have developed a mental illness, you need lots of good evidence.
At the John Mobley Law Firm, we know how difficult filing for worker’s compensation can be on top of dealing with your occupational illness. But you do not have to face it alone. Our experienced attorneys are equipped to guide you through the process and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.