You should not have to suffer work-related illness alone

Being ill is never a pleasant experience, especially when it interferes with your day-to-day life. Unfortunately, as all too many people in Pennsylvania are aware, a serious illness can be extremely debilitating and may even prevent you from being able to work. Not only can this result in a loss of wages, but also it can often go hand in hand with expensive medical bills. In turn, the stress of these debts could make your health even worse.

Sadly, it is a cycle into which many people fall. In fact, for some, the initial illness is even caused by their employment. This can happen for a number of reasons, but often it is the result of exposure to toxic materials of some form. Of course, this is far more likely on some jobs than others, but even if you do not work with toxic chemicals, this does not necessarily mean that you are not at risk.

If you suspect that you have been made ill by something in your place of work, it is important to report your concerns to your employer immediately. You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible to avoid the risk of any negative side-effects becoming worse. If you suspect that you are being exposed to hazardous materials without adequate protection , it is important to report the matter as soon as possible.

It is also helpful to remember, as this article on employee rights points out, that if your illness is caused by your job, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can advise you about your options and may be able to suggest the most sensible course of action to take given your circumstances.

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