MO Workers Compensation: Occupational Diseases

occupational diseasesThe Missouri Workers Compensation law provides relief from the financial strain of being unable to return to work from being injured by an occupational disease. If the case has resulted in the death of a worker, certain surviving persons may be entitled to benefits as well.

What is an Occupational Disease?

An occupational disease is a condition or illness that occurs as a direct result of work or occupational activity. It is estimated that 860,000 illnesses and 60,300 deaths occur each year from workplace exposures in the United States.

It is important to note that the employee must prove that the medical condition and the disability resulting from it, are direct results of the work being done.

Here are some common examples of occupational diseases that are recognized by Missouri Workers Compensation Law:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and epicondylitis caused by repetitive motion of work related activities
  • Loss of hearing in one or both ears due to prolonged exposure to harmful noises in the workplace
  • Lung diseases due to bad indoor air quality, exposure to asbestosis or another dangerous type of air exposure at work

Free Workers Compensation Consultations

If you believe you have an illness or condition due to a work-related environment or other harmful work-related situation, contact the Missouri Workers Compensation lawyers at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann. Our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. Contact our St. Louis, Missouri workers compensation law firm to ensure that your rights are protected. Please call (314) 361-4300 or our 24 hour call center at (314) 606-5870.

 

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Updated: August 21, 2018