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Common Illnesses and Diseases From a Job Site

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Did you know worker’s compensation is not limited to injuries while on the job? It’s not uncommon for workers to develop illness or diseases while at a job site. This blog will discuss the most common diseases and illnesses developed in the workplace and what to do if you develop one.

Skin Diseases

Skin diseases are common in the workplace when you’re exposed to chemicals, fire, or overexposure to sunlight. Irritant dermatitis develops when extreme exposure to mild or severe irritants happens over a brief period of time. According to the CDC, irritant dermatitis is a significant cause of occupational skin diseases and accounts for 20% of all reported occupational diseases.

Although it is a common belief only industrial workers are at a higher risk of exposure to harsh chemicals or sun exposure, it can happen anywhere in the workplace. Jobs at risk for developing a skin disease include workers in the following industries:

  • Food service
  • Cosmetics
  • Nail Salons
  • Painters
  • Cleaners

Lung Diseases

Along with skin diseases, lung diseases are also among the most common illnesses you can develop in the workplace. There are a wide variety of lung diseases that may be related to toxic exposures at work, and it is important that the employer take steps to minimize those exposures. Those exposed to asbestos in the workplace may be particularly susceptible to lung related issues connected to their employment.

Lung diseases can be some of the most costly illnesses to treat and can lead to poor health conditions or even death. Workers who work in low-ventilated areas or with high exposure to chemicals or asbestos are more likely to develop lung-related illnesses and diseases. If you’re a worker exposed to these conditions, and are concerned, please contact us, we will be happy to discuss the matter with you.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve is pinched in the hand from excessive pressure on the median nerve, especially from repetitive tasks. Carpal tunnel is not just limited to workers who work with heavy tools; employers who excessively type and work in offices can be at risk too. This type of injury can be expensive, requiring surgery and physical therapy. It is best to treat this type of illness immediately before the pain becomes more severe.

What If I’ve Developed an Illness or Disease?

If you have been subject to an illness or disease from work-related conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. Our mesothelioma and long-term disability lawyers can help you obtain the benefits you deserve during this tough time.

If you are in need of legal assistance to receive your well-deserved benefits, give the Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. team a call at (844) 383-0565 or visit our website to fill out a form for a free consultation.