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Most common occupational diseases – Lawyers

If you need help claiming compensation or filing a claim for an occupational disease, Lluis Law’s personal injury lawyers can help you with what you need. Whatever your compensation or injury needs, Lluis Law’s attorneys have more than 40 years of experience litigating these issues in the Los Angeles area.

Occupational diseases have become quite frequent problems in today’s workplaces and often require medical treatment through the workers’ compensation system in California. There are innumerable cases that are reported daily in insurance companies by workers suffering from occupational diseases or injuries.

Occupational diseases are caused by repetitive stress injuries (RSI) or Repetitive movement injuries (RMI), as they are also known. Work environments such as assembly factories, food industries, construction sites and offices are some of the workplaces where these diseases occur most.

It often happens that sometimes insurance companies or employers reject claims for occupational diseases, arguing that they are not the product of work but other activities performed by the worker. But the truth is that a worker who is injured or gets a work-related illness has the right to enjoy workers’ compensation benefits.

Regardless of how was injured, the worker is eligible to claim workers’ compensation from the company where he works. The workers’ compensation lawyers of Lluis Law deal with this type of case on a daily basis and ensure that the worker obtains the benefits that correspond to him by law.

Most common occupational diseases

Some of the most common occupational injuries and illnesses in the workplace that generate compensation benefits for California workers are:

Excessive effort

Injuries and illnesses caused by excessive effort during the performance of tasks, are not exclusive of a particular industrial or labor sector, because they occur in almost all workplaces. Although they are more frequent in certain types of occupations that demand more effort to lift weights and stretch or push objects daily.

Excessive effort is associated with common diseases and injuries such as: skin disorders, hernias, injuries to the legs and joints, ankle sprains and shoulder and back injuries. These injuries are among the first in terms of compensation claims for workers.

The workers most likely to suffer are construction workers, health workers (stretcher-bearers, paramedics), workers in factories and warehouses, among others.

Diseases of the skin

These diseases are caused by several factors, including outdoor activities on a permanent and prolonged. The workers who are employed in the construction sector, window cleaning, agricultural workers, messengers and delivery people, etc. They may be more likely to get skin cancer and other skin diseases.

Exposure to hazardous chemicals can also cause severe skin damage. Some occupations are particularly dangerous such as: gas station workers, painters, construction workers, cleaners and mechanics, who must be in contact with these toxic substances every day.

The most common skin diseases that workers may suffer from include:

  • Skin cancer

  • Eruptions

  • Eczema

  • Various skin infections

  • Inflammation of the skin

  • Contact dermatitis

  • Ulcers

Respiratory diseases

Workers who are exposed to irritating and dangerous chemicals on a daily basis, have a high risk of suffering from respiratory problems due to the permanent inhalation of gases that cause irritation and injury to the lung and airways.

Among the most common respiratory diseases that are covered by workers’ compensation are:

  • Occupational asthma

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Mesothelioma

  • Silicosis

  • Pharyngitis

  • Pneumonitis

  • Tuberculosis

Hearing loss

Noises caused by machinery and work equipment very noisy in work environments such as industries, airports, nightclubs and others, can cause hearing loss, after a prolonged and constant exposure.

The use of personal protective equipment such as earphones, earmuffs and earplugs is not enough, as they are often not enough to protect the ear from these noises or sounds with very high decibels, which diminish hearing.

Unfortunately, workers who suffer from serious injuries and hearing ailments sometimes do not get enough compensation benefits to treat their injuries from their employers’ insurance companies.

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Los Angeles

When a claim is rejected for occupational diseases or injuries in the workplace, it is imperative to seek the help of a good workers’ compensation lawyer in Los Angeles, seeking to obtain the greatest benefits for the injured worker.

Lluis Law’s workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys specialize in these types of issues and, over several decades of successful work, have been able to obtain fair labor compensation for their clients. Our legal team is in charge of evaluating your case, explaining its scope and determining with precision the compensation benefits of the workers that could be obtained.

If you or a loved one needs help to obtain workers’ compensation in California, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation and we will gladly answer all your questions. Call now our telephone number (213) 320-0777.

Address: 205 South Broadway, Suite 1000 Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tel: (213) 687-4412 Fax: (213) 687-3441.