An occupational illness is when an employee contracts or develops a sickness because of prolonged exposure to something in the workplace. In most cases, the main culprit is a type of toxic chemical. These diseases typically emerge from employer or worker neglect and often known beforehand but dismissed.
The following are the most common occupational diseases in the United States:
- Chemical poisoning – Whether it results in burns or illness, toxic chemical exposure can have harmful effects. This commonly occurs when an employee is not given the proper training on how to handle these hazardous chemicals, or they are not provided the proper clothing or equipment.
- Mesothelioma – It is a type of cancer which affects the thin membrane lining of the abdomen known as peritoneal mesothelioma. There is another kind which affects the chest area called pleural mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos contributes to nine out of ten mesothelioma cases.
- Industrial asthma – When certain airborne toxins are present throughout the course of a workday, workers—typically in the construction industry—can develop asthma.
- Industrial dermatitis – This occurs when a worker’s skin comes in direct contact with industrial irritants that results in severe cell damage.
- Neurological injuries – Harmful toxins often target the body’s nervous system that leads to severe neurological disorders. Common symptoms of an oncoming disorder include constant headaches, lightheadedness, and fatigue.
- Stress-related injuries – Even continuous emotional stress can take a physical toll on the human body. Common sources of stress include being overworked, dealing with difficult coworkers, and having an abusive boss.
If you suffered an occupational illness and need legal assistance filing for workers’ compensation benefits in Los Angeles or Orange County, contact Alvandi Law Group today.