In many ways, occupational diseases are far worse than occupational injuries. While some injuries may provide lifelong consequences or serious physical trauma, many physical injuries can be recovered from if given time. This is not true for most occupational illnesses, such as lung cancer or heart diseases. Additionally, these illnesses can affect every aspect of your daily life, preventing you not only from ever returning to work but from participating in some of your favorite hobbies as well.
As if the severity of these illnesses was not enough, occupational illnesses tend to be much more difficult to prove than physical workplace injuries. If a heavy piece of equipment falls on your hand and breaks some of your fingers, a great deal of evidence can likely be found to support your claim and prove that the injury was work-related. However, if you suffer from a lung disease after years of inhaling toxic substances, you may have a harder time proving that work was the only factor in your disease.
The good news about workplace illnesses is that you can still recover compensation thanks to workers' compensation benefits, which should provide you with some financial cushion if you are unable to return to work. The bad news is that the insurance company may have more solid ground to deny your claim, meaning that you might have to aggressively pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
If you are suffering from a disease that you believe is the result of the conditions in your place of work, visit our webpage. Not only can you learn more about workers' compensation benefits and how they can help you, but you can also learn how we can provide you with assistance in proving your claim and taking advantage of those benefits. We have decades of experience handling workers' compensation claims in Pennsylvania, so do not hesitate to reach out for a free consultation to learn more about your situation.