Common Occupational Diseases and Their Causes
An ailment is classified as an occupational disease when it is chronic and has been demonstrated to be associated with a particular type of work. The following are some of the most common occupational illnesses and the types of work with which they are normally associated:
- Repetitive motion injuries. This includes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is characterized by extreme numbness and pain. It is usually centered in the hands and wrists, with too much computer use as the culprit.
- Bronchitis. Bronchial tubes become inflamed and the cilia (small hairs inside that eliminate outside substances) cease functioning, causing the passages to become clogged. Bronchitis can be caused by jobs that have a lot of exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or mists.
- Lead Poisoning. This occurs when the body absorbs too much lead, which is a neurotoxin. It can cause kidney problems, seizures, or even coma. Workers with the highest risk are construction workers, welders, various remodelers, and auto repairers.
- Eczema. This is a common skin disease characterized by red, dry, itchy, or scaly patches. People become vulnerable to this disease when they repeatedly expose their skin to chemicals or water. This includes food handlers, hair dressers, custodial workers, or dish washers.
Dealing with an occupational disease can be time-consuming, painful, and expensive. Fortunately, those who suffer illnesses or injuries because of work-related duties may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help them with their associated losses.
If you or someone you love has acquired an injury or illness as a direct result of working conditions, the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Office of Sam Scudder wants to help. Call our offices at (252) 222-0227 to discuss your rights today.