Chronic Health Conditions That Can Entitle You To Workers’ Compensation In Aiken
Accidents that occur on the job, due to slips and falls or getting struck by and against objects, are a leading cause of personal injuries. Occupational illnesses are common as well. During your recovery, workers’ compensation benefits in Aiken can help offset your lost wages and ensure you get the medical care you need. What happens when instead of fully recovering, you suffer some type of chronic health condition? These can also entitle you to benefits through the South Carolina workers’ compensation program.
If you have any of these five common chronic health conditions that may entitle you to workers’ compensation, give us a call or contact our office online to request a consultation today.
Five Common Chronic Health Conditions That Can Result From Your Job
Injuries and illnesses that occur on the job or are work-related can result in chronic health conditions that impact your ability to work, now and in the years to come. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the following are five common types of chronic conditions that can entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits:
Breathing and respiratory disorders. Among the most common types of occupational illnesses, these include asthma, emphysema, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). In addition to preventing you from working and requiring extensive care, all of these conditions can result in long term disabilities and may hasten an early death.
Cancer. One of the nation's leading killers and one of the leading occupational illnesses, cancer can result from exposure to carcinogenic substances which can be found in a variety of different workplaces. Even when cancer is not life-threatening or treatments help you recover, it can result in chronic health conditions that prevent you from working.
Dermatitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contact dermatitis resulting in a variety of skin diseases are one of the most commonly reported occupational illnesses in the workforce. Beyond the impact on your physical appearance, these conditions can cause ongoing and painful symptoms.
Hearing loss. Working near machinery and exposure to any type of loud noises can result in hearing loss, impacting your ability to work.
Musculoskeletal disorders. Problems with discs, bones, or soft tissues in the back, neck, wrists, knees, legs can limit your mobility and often happen due to different tasks performed on the job.
Workers’ Compensation for Chronic Health Conditions
If you suffer any type of injury or illness on the job, it is important to report it to your employer immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Not doing so could impact your health and your rights to workers’ compensation benefits.
Talk to your doctor if you are diagnosed with a serious illness or suffer ongoing symptoms that you suspect are job-related. Benefits you may be entitled to through the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission include:
Coverage of medical expenses
Reimbursement for lost wages
Compensation for long term disabilities.
Get Legal Help Today
At the Surasky Law Firm, our Aiken workers’ compensation attorney helps you get the maximum amount of benefits you are entitled to. If you have any of these chronic health conditions, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.Give us a call or contact our office online to request a consultation today.