Has your job caused you to develop a skin disorder or disease? Depending on the circumstances, you may have grounds to pursue financial benefits under workers’ compensation. While many people associate workers’ compensation with on-the-job accidents such as slip and falls and on-the-job car accidents, skin conditions and diseases may also be covered under workers’ comp as long as it can be proven that they are indeed work-related.
What Types of Skin Conditions are Covered Under Workers’ Comp?
Some common skin conditions covered under workers’ compensation include:
- Dermatitis: Dermatitis is a medical term which refers to the inflammation of the skin, causing symptoms as varied as minor redness to extensive blisters with fluid discharge. While dermatitis caused by brief exposure to toxic chemicals can usually be cured, more serious cases can develop in workers in occupations involving long-term exposure to chemicals or the constant use of water at work.
- Hives: Hives, also known as Urticaria, are a type of skin rash triggered by a reaction to food, medication, or some other irritant characterized by itchy, red, raised welts on surface of the skin. Hives typically appear suddenly and may last for several days or weeks. This type of skin condition is a common result of overexposure to sunlight harmful chemicals at work, with symptoms being worsened in jobs with high physical or mental stress.
- Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, characterized by the abnormal growth of skin cells in areas of the skin exposed to dangerous chemicals or excessive ultraviolet radiation. Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma are common in outdoor occupations such as agricultural work and can be expensive to treat.
While possible, it is not easy to receive workers’ compensation for a skin condition. If you or a loved one has developed a skin disorder and believe it was caused or aggravated by your job, contact Alvandi Law Group, P.C. today. Having successfully represented countless injured workers throughout California for more than a decade, our Orange County workers’ comp lawyers can offer the sound legal advice and unparalleled support you need to ensure your rights are guarded.
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