More than 13 million workers in the United States are exposed to or work with chemicals that can jeopardize their health.
Sometimes, workers get injured. We’re not talking about those moments that last a fraction of a second. Long-time exposure to elements in the workplace can have dire consequences on a persons health.
Let’s take skin diseases as an example. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that more than 13 million workers in the United States are exposed to or work with chemicals that can jeopardize their health. In some cases, this exposure can lead to a variety of skin issues, from acute dermatitis to skin cancer.
It’s rather difficult to measure precisely how many workers suffer because of chemicals absorbed by the skin. In Missouri, it’s reported that 1.4% of all workers compensation claims are filed because of dermatitis, but other possible diseases such as skin cancer are gathered into a different category.
But although the diseases can vary, there’s no question that chemical absorption through the skin affects many workers throughout the country. Whether the cause is direct contact with a substance or long-term exposure to elements, is beside the point, as workers compensation laws in Missouri does not differentiate between the causes when it reviews compensation claims.
What You Should Do?
For many workers, it’s likely for the symptoms to appear slowly, perhaps even years after they’ve worked in a particular environment. Because of that, if you are working with toxic chemicals, or are exposed to them, it’s recommended to have regular health check-ups and keep an eye on your condition.
If you discover that you do have a skin disease or other such health issues, you have to notify your employer as soon as possible. The workers compensation insurance is paid by the company or individual who hired you, and Missouri law states that you cannot file a claim without notifying them of your injury.
Furthermore, consider hiring a St.Louis workers compensation lawyer for assistance. In these cases, there are instances where it is easier to prove a person’s injury took place at work. For example, when an accident takes place where there are also some witnesses. But, when it comes to medical conditions, it may be quite hard to prove that your health problem is a result of your work environment. The insurance company that carries the policy will review the claim and see if your request has any basis, looking at your entire medical history to assess your condition. An experienced lawyer can help you compile the necessary proof and get your application approved.
Put Our Experience to Work for You
At the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann, our attorneys will work with you, regardless of where you are in the process. Attorney James M. Hoffmann has spent a majority of his more than 25-year legal career dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers.
When injured, you need answers and money quickly. You have bills to pay, a family to take care of, and a job to go back to. We will strive to resolve your claim quickly.