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Occupational illnesses and your right to workers' compensation

Whether you work at a job considered inherently risky or more dangerous than other types of employment or not, you could still face exposure to certain things at work that could make you sick. There are various types of occupational illnesses, and Mississippi employees in various types of jobs could find themselves ill and missing work because of one of them.

If you became ill because of exposure to a disease, chemical or toxic substance at work, you may have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits. Missing work because you are sick can be costly, both financially and emotionally, and you have the right to pursue a full recovery and the medical care you need.

Types of occupational illnesses

There are various types of occupational illnesses, and in reality, an individual in any type of job could be at risk for one or several of these. Some of the most common types of these sicknesses include the following:

  • Skin diseases or disorders: These include contact dermatitis, rash, chemical burn on the skin, ulcers and inflammation.
  • Poisoning: This includes any toxic substances that make their way inside a person's body, causing internal damage and serious sickness.
  • Hearing loss: This happens when a person works around machinery or loud noises without the provision of necessary protective gear.
  • Respiratory conditions: These are illnesses associated with the breathing in of a dangerous substance, such as asbestos, silicosis, acute congestion, tuberculosis, asthma and more.
  • Other occupational illnesses: This can include other types of work-related sicknesses that do not fall into another category, such as sun exposure, heat stroke, heat exhaustion and more.

If you became ill due to your work conditions, it is of utmost importance to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Your employer cannot prevent or discourage you from seeking it, and medical records could be important documentation needed for a workers' compensation claim.

Help for a complicated process

The workers' compensation process is complex and difficult to navigate for the inexperienced applicant. For this reason, it could be beneficial to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney to more effectively navigate this process and fight back against any complications that may arise.

If you are dealing with any type of occupational illness or other physical issue related to your job, you may pursue workers' compensation benefits. This type of support could cover your medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses you experienced since the onset of your illness.

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