As of 2005 an occupational disease must be reported within 30 days of the diagnosis of the condition.
In 2005 the Missouri legislature redefined the occupational injury parameters. It is important to understand what occupational diseases are and what to do if you have suffered a work related injury.
First of all, an occupational disease is a condition or illness that occurs as a result of work or occupational activity. In order to receive workers compensation, an employee must be able to prove that work was the prevailing cause of the condition or disability.
Types of Occupational Diseases
There are many different occupational disease types. The following are some examples of occupational diseases that the Missouri Workers Compensation Law recognizes:
- Repetitive motion injuries – carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger
- Loss of hearing – prolonged exposure to harmful noise in workplace
- Radiation disability – exposure to radiation causing disability
A common question is when to notify an employer. The answer is, report the incident immediately. As of 2005 an occupational disease must be reported within 30 days of the diagnosis of the condition. If you fail to report the injury or occupational disease you may jeopardize your ability to receive workers compensation benefits. Notify your employer in writing and state the date, time and place that the injury occurred. Be sure your personal information is mentioned, such as your name and address. Keep a record of the notice, make sure to save a copy of it.
St. Louis Workers Compensation Lawyers
If you have any questions or concerns about your workers compensation claim due to an occupational disease, contact 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. Based in St. Louis, and handling workers compensation cases throughout the State of Missouri, our law firm will ensure that your rights are protected. Please call (314) 361-4300 or toll free at (888) 872-6795. You can also complete our Online Case Evaluation Form.
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