Common Occupational Illnesses
Albuquerque Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When a worker is injured while on the job, it is generally understood that
he or she is entitled to workers’ compensation, but what happens
when working conditions trigger an illness? Workers regularly exposed
to dangerous chemicals or gasses are especially prone to contracting dangerous
diseases, though anyone could be at risk.
If you or a loved one contracted an occupational illness because of a work-related
incident or exposure to an unsafe work environment, you may have a
workers’ compensation claim. With more than 10 years of legal experience, our trial-tested lawyer
at Michael J. Doyle, Attorney At Law can help with your case.
For a free case evaluation, call our firm at (505) 219-2176!
Types of Occupational Illnesses
Whether caused by gradual wear or through exposure to particularly hazardous
products, work-related illnesses can stem from any number of sources.
Common causes may include the work environment, the nature of the work,
and the tools and products used. There are many different types of illnesses
that could be picked up in the workplace, though some are more common
If an occupation regularly exposes workers to harmful irritants like chemicals,
gasses, or even the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it can lead to serious
skin disorders. Some common issues include rashes, hives, or eczema, but
could also consist of more serious diseases like dermatitis and skin cancer.
Dermatitis: Repeated exposure to irritating cleaners and solvents, or even minimal
contact with hazardous chemicals, can lead to severe skin issues. The
most common, dermatitis, is characterized by a red, painful rash triggered
by an allergic reaction or other irritation. Workers who often come into
contact with harsh chemicals may experience a severe reaction, resulting
in dermatitis, or workers constantly touching water may develop it over time.
Skin Cancer: One of the most common forms of cancer, skin cancer is especially prevalent
in workers who are regularly exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Construction workers or other outdoor laborers are especially susceptible. If you notice any
abnormal growths or painful skin tags or moles, visit your doctor immediately.
Workers who are regularly required to use toxic chemicals and gasses could
experience serious respiratory damage. Whether working amid polluted air,
inhaling toxic particles, or breathing in other dangerous substances,
lung problems can be very serious.
Common respiratory problems include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Some workers, particularly those around loud machinery or in large factories,
are regularly exposed to noisy environments. These loud working conditions
can be very damaging to a person’s hearing over time. In some instances,
a singularly traumatic experience, like an explosion, could damage a person’s
hearing beyond repair. Even with protective gear, someone could sustain
partial or complete hearing loss when exposed to loud working conditions.
Workers who are physically active often put more wear-and-tear on their
bodies than most other people, sometimes causing damage to the musculoskeletal
system. Nurses, attendants, and other workers who are constantly on the
move are usually the most common sufferers. Musculoskeletal disorders
like carpal tunnel syndrome and rotator cuff tendinitis can be extremely
painful and sometimes prevent workers from continuing in their chosen
Choose Michael J. Doyle, Attorney At Law
Occupational diseases can be painful, costly, and debilitating, which is
why you need an experienced lawyer on your side to fight for your right
to compensation. Medical care for a long-term disease is expensive, and
without workers’ compensation benefits you may not be able to afford
the care you require. Make sure you obtain the assistance you need and
reach out to our firm for help.
To talk to our Albuquerque workers’ compensation lawyer about your
situation, contact Michael J. Doyle, Attorney At Law.