It started with a little shortness of breath. But now you always feel that you’re overcome with weakness, battling a harsh cough and fighting off chest pain. It may all be because you picked up one of the deadliest diseases in the world at work. But without taking the proper steps, it’s not likely you’ll get the help you need from workers’ compensation.
As summer temperatures continue across the country, many workers are likely thankful to work in an air-conditioned building. However, for those who work outside, heat-related illness at work is a genuine concern. Heat illnesses come in a wide range of severity and can affect anyone regardless of their age or physical fitness.
Millions of workers in numerous industries breathe in harmful substances every day in their job. Without the proper safety measures, exposure to certain materials can lead to serious lung and airway problems. Known as “occupational respiratory conditions” or work-related “airway diseases,” these conditions can severely impact someone’s quality of life or even result in death.
Just another day on the job. Whether it’s lifting heavy boxes in a warehouse or moving building materials on a construction site, workers across the country engage in strenuous activity every day. Until one day, chest pains or shortness of breath leave them down for the count.
When people think about toxic chemicals and exposure risks on the job, they often think of industrial or constructions jobs where people come into contact with known hazardous materials like asbestos.
The opioid epidemic is a serious national crisis affecting millions of Americans each day. New Jersey has already lost over 2,600 residents to opioid overdoses this year. The Attorney General in New Jersey is now fighting back.
When people think of workers' compensation cases they usually think of traumatic accidents that result in injuries such as broken bones, back pain, or even brain trauma. While these all warrant workers' compensation benefits, they are not the only type of claim.
Asbestos is a harmful substance that was widely used for decades in everything from the flooring in homes to pipes in military vessels. And even though the risks of exposure to asbestos are widely known, it is not completely banned in the U.S. and many people still come into contact with the toxic fiber in their home or workplace.
At the end of a long day, many office workers feel minor soreness in their shoulders or realize that they have strained their eyes too much. On the other hand, some feel unbearable pain from typing or using a mouse. It is likely that these people are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.