Common Occupational Illnesses

No matter how safe we all try to be, we are often unable to anticipate an injury. In many cases, workers’ compensation claims may not arise from a one-time accident. Rather, it can be caused by years of physical stress on the body and joints. Below are some of the most common types of occupational illnesses that may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

Workers’ compensation can provide benefits for any type of work-related injury. No matter how you were injured or how severe your injuries, talk to our workers' compensation lawyers about how you can file a claim.

Overexertion & Repeated Trauma

Overexertion and cumulative trauma injuries are some of the most commonly reported work injuries across all industries. Although overexertion is common for workers who carry heavy objects, such as in warehouses or on construction sites, even office workers who perform repetitive tasks can be subject to strains or tears from overexerting themselves. Whether you are working in a factory or in an office, all workers are at risk of overexertion.

Common causes of overexertion and cumulative trauma injuries:

  • Lifting heavy boxes
  • Carrying heavy objects for extended periods
  • Performing repetitive tasks (such as typing, factory work)
  • Working under extreme conditions (weather, exhaustion, hunger, etc.)
  • Working too long without a break in between

Respiratory Problems

Respiratory illnesses can have a dramatic effect on a worker’s health. Lung disease and respiratory disorders typically manifest after years of being exposed to poor working conditions that include toxic chemicals, polluted air, and other harmful substances. The most vulnerable workers are those who work in the construction industry and in industrial warehouses.

Examples of common respiratory illnesses include:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Silicosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Occupational asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema

Skin Disorders

People who are exposed to toxic chemicals or those who work outdoors daily are more likely to develop work-related skin conditions. Painters, construction workers, mechanics, healthcare workers, and cleaners are just a few examples of workers who are the most vulnerable. If you detect abnormal growth in your skin or have developed a serious condition, see a doctor immediately.

Common skin disorders include:

  • Skin cancer
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Skin inflammations
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Rashes

Hearing Loss

If you work around noisy machinery or constant loud noise, hearing loss or deafness may be inevitable in the future, even with protection from earmuffs. These claims can be complicated because everyone experiences a degree of hearing loss as they age. But work-related hearing loss can be proved by providing detailed medical records and hearing tests that can connect the hearing loss with your work conditions.

Santa Ana Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Here for You

Ufkes & Bright is ready to provide effective legal guidance for injured workers. Our Santa Ana workman's compensation lawyers have the experience, knowledge, and resources to help you file, negotiate, and appeal any type of work injury claim. As a team with a proven track record of success helping the injured, we are here to help you. Schedule your free initial consultation today by calling (714) 909-2609.

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