What is an occupational disease?

Workers’ compensation is largely associated with a person becoming injured on the job. While this is completely accurate, a lot of people fail to realize that there is another group of people who may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Individuals who have suffered from an illness or disease as a result of their occupation can also be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Some of the most common occupational illnesses include mesothelioma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asbestosis, and other respiratory conditions, lead poisoning, hearing loss, and carpal tunnel, among others.

Each state has different laws about what occupational diseases are compensable. In the state of Pennsylvania, for example, a disease must meet certain criteria to determine whether workers’ compensation benefits can be issued. The criteria includes that the employee is exposed to the disease as a result of their employment, the disease is causally related to the employee’s occupation, and that this disease occurs more amongst individuals working in that industry than it does in the general public.

Many people may start seeing symptoms of an occupational disease years after they have stopped working in their field. Of course, it is important to check the laws in your state or speak with an attorney to determine whether your occupational disease is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

If you have become the victim of an occupational disease, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney and the doctor that is treating you to determine how to make the process as easy as possible. AllianceMeds understands that an occupational disease can be challenging and is here to help. We will deliver your medication to your door using overnight delivery and cover any out of pocket expenses that may arise. If you have any questions about how we can help, contact AllianceMeds today.