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Workplace Illness Archives

Occupational disease: Work-related asthma affects many employees

Many workers in Pennsylvania contract work-related asthma that could leave them disabled and unable to work, or necessitates a change in employment to get away from the substances that are to blame. This is an occupational disease that can exacerbate the conditions of workers who have existing asthmatic conditions, or it can develop in a perfectly healthy employee. Employees in any industry that exposes them to irritants or allergens can fall victim to occupational asthma.

Excessive Heat Could Cause Workplace Illness

At this time of year, those with air conditioning are likely grateful for the opportunity to be inside. However, there are many people in Pennsylvania and across the country who cannot avoid the heat as their jobs require them to be outside. Unfortunately, extreme heat can result in a serious workplace illness.

Help after a Pennsylvania workplace illness or repetitive injury

When most people think of health issues as a result of the workplace environment, they often think of severe physical injuries resulting from an accident. However, there are many types of injuries -- including repetitive injuries that develop after performing the same actions over and over -- and illnesses that are caused by substances in the workplace to which an employee may be exposed. The attorneys at Dugan & Associates, P.C. can help workers in Pennsylvania suffering from a workplace illness or repetitive injury seek the necessary compensation they need to manage their medical conditions.

Can you claim workers' compensation if a customer gets you sick?

Many jobs involve close interactions between employees and customers. While these jobs are incredibly rewarding for many people, they also expose you to countless people, each of whom could get you sick. The simple math of the situation dictates that you will likely get sick from a customer, no matter how careful you are. You will run across a person that has poor hygiene habits or doesn't cover their mouth when they cough, eventually you will get sick. Thus, the issue is, if you get sick, is your employer responsible? And, more importantly, are you entitled to workers' compensation?

Department of Labor releases new beryllium exposure rules

Beryllium and its derivative compounds are a dangerous substance that is present in a variety of industries from construction to shipping. Beryllium is utilized in alloys, ceramic, metals, and non-ferrous foundries. It is a base element that is present in many necessities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that the new rule will save around 90 lives a year, providing an estimated $560.9 million in benefits annually.

How to respond to toxic exposure at work

Many people are exposed to toxins every day at work. Most of these toxins are innocuous, or you are wearing protective gear, so it does not matter. But in some industrial situations, you can become exposed suddenly and suffer the health consequences as a result. It is critical that you know what, if any, toxins are in your workplace and their possible health effects. This post will go over how you go about learning about these toxins and what to do about it.

Can hospital staff sue hospitals for contracting an illness?

It seems an interesting question, wouldn’t getting sick seem like an inevitable part of the job? To some extent, yes, people do assume the risk of getting sick when they work in a hospital. But, like all things, it depends on the situation. Here, a nurse successful settled for money damages after she sued her hospital because she contracted Ebola. This post will go over the claim and how it relates to you.

Does smoking in the workplace affect your workers' compensation?

If you are a non-smoker and suffer health issues due to smoking at your work, you could be entitled to workers' compensation. Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), or second-hand smoke, is an acknowledged health risk, therefore, any harm you suffer from it should be covered by workers' compensation. This post will go over ETS, how it may harm you, and how you might file for compensation.

Safety tips to avoid Zika virus exposure

To date, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika nor is there a specific treatment to address the infection. In short, the option is to avoid infection altogether. If you are working in a job that has you outside in a Zika-affected area then here are a few tips to protect yourself on the job.

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