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What Are the Most Common Occupational Diseases?

Many jobs can expose workers to contaminants and other hazards that can lead to serious, long-lasting conditions that can greatly impact workers’ lives. These illnesses are known as occupational diseases. Some of the most common occupational diseases include: lung diseases, skin infections from dangerous chemicals, poisoning from exposure to toxic substances, and even cancer. Many employers and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) may try to contest the fact that a disease is a result of the work performed. However, there are ways to fight back.

3 Common Occupational Diseases

  1. Silicosis: Silica is the second most common mineral in the crust of the earth. Therefore, workers in construction, mining, and sandblasting have a higher potential of developing silicosis. It happens after silica builds up in the lungs and causes problems with lung functionality. It is not curable, and treatment can cost thousands of dollars even with insurance.

  2. Asbestosis, is a disease that occurs after inhaling particles of asbestos, a common construction material often used in automotive products and roofing materials.

  3. Mesothelioma: Complications in the lungs from inhaling asbestos can also lead to mesothelioma, a type of cancer.

These diseases are three examples of occupational diseases that can take years to battle, and make a worker’s quality of life suffer. Columbus workers’ comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC are dedicated to get the coverage you deserve for your work-related diseases. Many times, insurance companies and the BWC will not take enough consideration into the scope of the injuries, and not offer near as much as a lawyer can prove they should.

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