Workplace accidents can be extremely difficult to avoid, especially in certain industries, but illness and disease in the workplace are more easily preventable. A disease or illness is considered to be “occupational” when a workplace exposure is the cause, a contributing factor, or an aggravating factor in the development of the disease. The number one work-related illness in the United States is occupational lung disease. Lung diseases are caused by exposure to irritating, allergenic or toxic substances, which can be found in a variety of workplaces. Lung diseases are frequently caused by bad indoor air quality and can be found commonly among those who work with asbestos or in the coal mine industry. All Public Health Law states that all occupational lung diseases are reportable, and this list includes:
Other diseases found in the workplace include carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs among workers who deal with poultry or workers who are involved with information technology, and computer vision syndrome. Lead poisoning is also a primary concern for workers in industries that process or use lead or lead compounds.
Exposure to hazardous substances can happen through physical contact or from the inhalation of chemical fumes. Many occupational diseases are the result of repeated exposure to these chemicals over many months or years, and often they are not discovered until a later time. Other occupational diseases, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, or chronic pain syndrome, may be the result of the type of work that you performed and not the result of toxic substances.
If you suspect that there is an association between your disease and your workplace, you should report the disease and call a New York City personal injury lawyer immediately. There may be medical and financial benefits available through New York’s workers ‘ compensation laws and our experienced team can help you determine if you qualify.
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