Even if you think you work in a relatively safe field, you could be exposed to a number of dangerous and harmful substances every time you clock in. Repeated exposure to toxic substances can lead to pulmonary diseases, respiratory illnesses and other types of airway diseases. These types of workplace illnesses are more than just dangerous — they can be fatal.
What substances should I be worried about?
Every industry has its own inherent dangers. For example, if you work in a transportation–related field you might be more likely to suffer exposure to gasoline fumes than workers in other industries. Just a few examples of dangerous substances you might encounter in the workplace include:
- Fuel oils
The impact of respiratory illnesses
If you suffer a physical injury such as a broken bone, you have the chance to recuperate, attend rehabilitation and potentially return to work. After receiving a diagnosis for something fatal like lung cancer or mesothelioma, the chances of returning to work are exceptionally slim. Less serious respiratory illnesses also typically require lifelong treatment and can severely limit your capacity to work.
Unfortunately, getting workers’ compensation benefits for an airway disease is not always easy. Employers often try to argue that these diseases are not related to victims’ work at all. If you have been diagnosed with a workplace illness, you may need help navigating the New Jersey workers’ compensation system. You can learn more about the system and how to reach out for the right help by visiting our website.