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Illnesses in the workplace: You can be compensated

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2016 | Firm News, Workplace Illnesses

When you work in any industry, it’s possible to suffer from occupational illnesses. These illnesses may appear gradually or suddenly over the course of many years. For instance, logging workers may suffer wear and tear on the joints, leading to repetitive strain injuries.

Workers who come into contact with asbestos may suffer from mesothelioma or other lung-related disorders. In most cases, these illnesses can be prevented by either avoiding the harmful chemicals that workers were exposed to or by limiting the time a worker is operating machinery or actively working in the field.

Overexertion is a prerequisite to illness that many workers suffer from. Twenty-seven out of every 10,000 workers who suffer injuries or illnesses do so as a result of being overworked. Strain-related conditions are also much more common for those who don’t get adequate rest.

Take for instance factory workers. These workers often stand for multiple hours in a row; some may be repeating their arm or body motions dozens of times a minute. This can be good for business, but it hurts the body in the long run due to repetitive motion strains.

Heat burns and scalding injuries are also a risk to some employees. These injuries happen at a rate of 1.6 per every 10,000 workers. That is a large number when you consider that the numbers aren’t just limited to food service workers. For people who suffer these injuries, it takes an average of eight days before they can return to work, which means an expensive productivity loss for the employer and lost wages for the employee.

Our website has more information on what to do if you’re suffering a workplace illness. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case and find out if we can help you.