As a Florida worker, you may know that an injury at work could be grounds for a workers' compensation claim. Through your employer's insurance, you may be able to secure benefits for your medical bills, lost wages and other needs you have. However, you may not know that these benefits could be available to you for other reasons as well, such as occupational illness.
If your work made you sick, you may be able to claim certain benefits through workers' compensation as well. You may be unsure of where to begin, but it can be helpful to seek help regarding your rightful benefits and how you can get the money you need and the help you deserve. You do not have to walk through this process alone.
Common types of occupational illnesses
Technically, any person could face exposure to things that may make him or her sick, no matter the type of job or industry. However, there are certain jobs that could place workers at a higher risk of occupational illness. Some of the most common types of work-related illnesses include the following:
- Poisoning from exposure to certain types of materials that enter the bloodstream and lead to disease, such as mercury, lead, dangerous gases and more
- Respiratory problems that develop as a result of exposure to things such as toxic gases, asbestos, dust and more, which can lead to sicknesses like asthma, cancer, silicosis and many others
- Skin diseases, such as eczema, rashes and others, that develop from direct contact with dangerous substances and materials
If you are dealing with a type of medical condition that developed as a result of your job, you have the right to pursue appropriate compensation through a claim. Sick workers have rights, and you can seek help in order to protect your interests.
The process of your recovery
You can take steps today to start on your workers' compensation claim due to an occupational illness. Through your claim, you may be able to obtain what you need for medical care as well as money to help you cover your other living expenses. If you are unsure whether you have a valid claim or what you can do to secure the benefits you need, it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case.
You do not have to walk through the claims process alone. From the initial paperwork to any appeals that are necessary, you are entitled to support as you fight for your rightful benefits.