Workers’ Compensation for Contracting an Occupational Disease
Dedicated Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Explain Your Rights
The World Health Organization defines occupational diseases as those which are “Contracted primarily as a result of an exposure to risk factors arising from work activity.” That is a pretty broad definition. But if you work in a dangerous industry in Pennsylvania, your chances of developing an occupational disease are high, and that definition could be the difference between collecting the workers’ compensation benefits you need to protect your family and suffering for years. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C., our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers help people just like you whose jobs led to them developing serious medical conditions. We fight on your behalf so you can get the help you need and deserve.
What Causes an Occupational Disease?
An occupational disease is one caused by your working conditions. The most common cause is exposure – to toxins, to chemicals, to dangerous substances. Repeated exposure can lead to permanent, long-term medical conditions with no cure. That is why in PA, workers’ compensation offers a number of types of benefits to help people whose illness will prevent them from going back to work.
Who is at Risk of an Occupational Disease?
Here at Larry Pitt & Associates, we work with a lot of Philadelphia employees who work in dangerous industries. By far, the most dangerous include:
- Home health assistance
- Janitorial services
- Medical transport services
- Oil and gas work, such as fracking
- Processing plants
Working in industries like these exposes you to toxic chemicals every day. Over time, those chemicals can build up in your body, leading to diseases such as:
- Mesothelioma, a form of cancer derived from exposure to asbestos.
- Pneumoconiosis, also known as “black lung.”
- Benzene poisoning, which occurs when you breathe in benzene. Oil refineries, chemical plants and almost every manufacturing company uses benzene in their products.
- Radiation poisoning, from an exposure to radiation, most likely associated with work at a nuclear power plant (Pennsylvania has five in operation).
- Pesticide exposure, specifically for people who work in agriculture and landscaping.
- Communicable diseases, passed on from patients to medical personnel. Nurses are especially at risk.
Not every occupational disease is deadly, however. Skin diseases like eczema and respiratory illnesses such as asthma are very common side effects from working with chemicals. If you develop a chronic, though not necessarily life-threatening condition, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under Pennsylvania law. The Philadelphia law firm of Larry Pitt & Associates can help you collect those benefits so you can continue to protect your family while you recover.
If You Developed an Occupational Illness, Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates Can Help
For more than four decades, Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. has helped injured and ill Philadelphia workers obtain the compensation they need in order to start their path to recovery. We want to help you, too. Please call 888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form to make an appointment with a dedicated Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss the effects of your exposure and the condition your job. We proudly represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.