Occupational Illness & Disease
Nevada Workers' Comp for Occupational Diseases
Workers' compensation covers more than
on-the-job accidents and work injuries. It also covers occupational diseases, which may include
any of a number of medical conditions caused by exposure to toxins or
other substances at the workplace, repetitive motion, physical exertion
and more. At Shook & Stone, we recognize the importance of recovering
benefits for workers suffering from occupational illnesses. If you have
been diagnosed with a condition you believe is work-related, please call a
Las Vegas workers' compensation lawyer at our firm for a free case analysis.
By definition, an occupational disease is a medical condition that occurs
as a result of one's workplace or work activity. Occupational diseases
are often chronic ailments that can significantly detract from a worker's
life. These conditions may affect one's ability to work or even perform
day-to-day activities, and in some cases occupational diseases may be fatal.
The following are medical conditions that may be considered occupational
illnesses, thus entitling a worker to medical care and monetary benefits
under the Nevada workers' compensation system:
Hearing loss, caused by exposure to loud noises in the workplace.
mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos. Though asbestos is now closely regulated,
it may still be used in various fields and exposure may occur if proper
preventative measures are not taken.
Silicosis caused by exposure to crystalline silica, or silica dust. This condition
may occur in construction workers, miners, tunnel operators and others
who deal with products that contain silica, like cement.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by repetitive or awkward motions using the hands, fingers and
wrists. This is common in assembly line workers, typists and those who
work in information technology.
The lung disease
byssinosis, caused by exposure to cotton dust in poorly ventilated areas.
other breathing/lung conditions caused by exposure to toxins, chemicals or particulates in various fields.
Various forms ofcancer caused by exposure to carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) in the workplace.
Lead poisoning in workers in fields that deal with lead or lead compounds.
Radiation sickness among workers in the nuclear industry or other fields dealing with radiation
and radioactive substances.
skin diseases, like skin cancer or eczema, caused by exposure to chemicals or constant
wet hands in such fields as hairdressing, printing, construction, construction
or auto repair.
A worker who has a qualifying occupational disease may be able to receive
workers' compensation benefits, including all medical care, diagnostic
tests, medication, hospitalization, surgical procedures and other treatment
related to his or her condition. A worker may also be able to receive
cash benefits of up to two-thirds of his or her average weekly wage for
the time he or she is disabled and unable to work. If the condition and
disability is permanent, a worker may be entitled to a lifetime of benefits.
Families of workers who have lost their lives to occupational diseases
may also be entitled to benefits under the workers' compensation program.
This may include cash benefits for their loved ones' lost earnings
and the cost of funeral or burial expenses.
Workers' Compensation Attorney Serving Las Vegas, NV
Because every case is different, you may find it helpful to discuss your
case with a knowledgeable legal professional. A Las Vegas workers'
comp attorney at Shook & Stone can offer insight that relates to your
particular condition and line of work. If you have run into any problems
in pursuing workers' compensation benefits, our team can work to appeal your
denied claim or can put the necessary amount of pressure on the workers' comp insurance
provider and your employer to get your claim paid in a timely manner.
Contact our offices today to learn more about how we can help you.