What Qualifies as an Occupational Disease or Condition?
The workers’ compensation system allows injured or sickened workers to obtain financial benefits which cover the cost of medical bills and certain other considerations incurred by an accident on the job or an ongoing circumstance of employment. As part of the range of covered ailments, the law extends provisions for the disbursement of benefits for “occupational diseases” or “conditions”. This is a fairly broad designation, but the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act specifies more than two dozen examples of compensable issues that fall into this category.
If you have become injured or ill due to an event or fundamental characteristic of your working environment or responsibilities, then you may wish to consider filing a workers’ compensation claim. Let our experienced team of legal professionals help you to file correctly and timely so that you do not risk lengthy delays due to clerical or procedural mistakes. Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Law Office of Sam Scudder, at 919-851-3311.
Covered Occupational Diseases and Conditions
Though there are a number of other compensated health concerns covered by other portions of the law, paragraph 53 of the Workers’ Compensation Act lists conditions which are readily accepted as “occupational” in the meaning of the law, and for which workers may seek benefits. Some of the ailments included in this list are (all items taken exactly as expressed in the text of the law):
- Arsenic poisoning
- Brass poisoning
- Blisters due to use of tools or appliances in the employment
- Bursitis due to intermittent pressure in employment
- Miner’s nystagmus
- Chrome ulceration
- Compressed-air illness
There are many more conditions set forth, and the following catch-all is used to gather unspecified occupational illnesses:
“Any disease other than hearing loss covered in another subdivision of this section, which is proven to be due to causes and conditions which are characteristic of and peculiar to a particular trade, occupation or employment, but excluding all ordinary diseases of life to which the general public is equally exposed outside of the employment.”
Your family depends on your income, and an occupational illness may compromise your earning ability.
To avoid needless stress, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Law Office of Sam Scudder, at (252) 222-0227.