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Occupational disease and workers’ comp: what is included?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2014 | Workplace Illnesses |

When many people think of workers’ compensation, they probably think of specific work accidents. Falling from a ladder on a construction site is only one example of this type of injury.

Keep in mind, however, that workers’ compensation also extends to occupational diseases.

What is meant by that term? In this post, we will point you to an answer to that question.

In the context of workers’ comp, “occupational disease” is an inclusive term that does not only include illnesses caused by exposure to toxic or harmful chemicals at work.

It also refers to diseases or injuries that are caused by chronic conditions, such as repetitive lifting or other forms of repetitive stress.

As we noted in our article on occupational disease, carpal tunnel syndrome affecting a worker’s wrists and other associated body parts is one type of repetitive stress injury.

Back injuries are another condition that can be brought about by repetitive use.

Our point is that the term “occupational disease” includes such conditions. It is not limited to diseases caused by asbestos exposure or some other toxic substance.

To be sure, the challenges of showing that your injury or disease was employment-related can be greater with this type of condition than for an injury that resulted from a fall or some other specific work accident.

This does not mean you aren’t entitled to workers’ compensation. But you will have to be prepared to respond to possible objections by the insurance adjuster.

We encourage you to read our article to find out more about your legal options.


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