Brooklyn Work Illness Lawyer
Under New York law, an occupational disease warrants workers compensation benefits, so you don’t have to struggle through an illness without the benefits you deserve. Contact a Brooklyn occupational illness lawyer who can help you with your claim.
When you think of workers compensation, you likely picture a worker falling off a roof and breaking a leg. That imaginary worker would be eligible for workers comp benefits, but his isn’t the only type of case that would qualify. Another type of injury that qualifies for benefits is called an occupational disease.
Occupational diseases are illnesses that people have obtained at work or because of their work duties. These illnesses are a little more difficult to investigate and to prove to the workers comp insurance companies, but they are certainly eligible.
A qualified Brooklyn work illness lawyer from our firm will be able to help you get the benefits you need for an illness contracted because of your working conditions.
Examples of Work Illnesses in Brooklyn
Work illnesses can be sudden, or they can develop slowly over time.
Here is an example of a work-related illness: You work in a chemical plant, and although there are many measures in place to protect workers from dangerous exposure, you still find yourself feeling ill. Your doctor believes your illness is related to your work at the chemical plant.
The list below shows some other common examples of work-induced diseases and illnesses in Brooklyn work comp claims:
- Heat stroke
- Infectious diseases, such as bloodborne pathogens
- Foodborne diseases
- Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and lung cancer
- Chemical exposure illnesses
- Repetitive stress disorders
Proving Your Brooklyn Occupational Disease
Unlike a sudden accident at work, such as a fall from a ladder, a work-related illness in Brooklyn can be a little more complicated all around.
Proving your illness was caused by work may be difficult. A deeper investigation may be required to determine the extent of your disease and how you contracted it at work.
For example, if you learn that you have lung cancer, it may be difficult to show the insurer that you more than likely developed the cancer because of repeated exposure to a substance at work. The work comp insurer may try to claim that you have a history of lung cancer in your family or that your cancer was caused by some external factor.
Difficult doesn’t mean impossible, though, so don’t give up if you believe you have a valid claim for workers compensation benefits. Your work illness lawyer in Brooklyn can help you prove your case, no matter how difficult it is.
Speak with a Brooklyn Work Illness Attorney
Many of us don’t even consider the idea that we could contract a dangerous disease at our workplace—until it happens. When you discover you’re suffering from an illness caused by your work environment, what can you do? Under New York law, many workplace illnesses are covered by workers compensation.
A qualified attorney can help you file your claim and prove your occupational disease was caused by your employment. Work illness cases can be a little more complicated than other work comp cases because illnesses usually occur slowly over time, but we can help.