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Workers' Compensation & Skin Diseases: What You Need to Know

Workers' Compensation & Skin Diseases: What You Need to Know

Skin diseases can be the result of many years of damage, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t able to be covered by a workers’ compensation claim. Many workers are exposed to harmful substances over long periods of time, which can take a toll on their skin. If your job is responsible for your skin disease, you should be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Workplace Hazards & Skin Diseases

Your skin is an important protection against the environment, but unfortunately, it can be damaged by many hazards. Skin injuries can include cuts, abrasions, infections, and burns, but you may also develop serious skin diseases as a result of exposure to dangerous substances.

Workers who spend a considerable portion outside often are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation throughout their workday. Spending too many hours in the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer, but it can also prematurely age you and cause painful sunburns.

Exposure to toxic substances can also cause skin damage. Corrosive chemicals can cause burns, but there are a number of substances that can cause skin irritation. Gardeners, cleaners, manufacturing workers, industrial workers, and construction workers often come into contact with dangerous chemicals while working.

Common Work-Related Skin Diseases

Dermatitis: Skin inflammation due to exposure to toxic chemicals or constant exposure to water. This disease is commonly treatable, but it can include symptoms such as redness, irritation, and blisters.

Hives: Symptoms of this condition can include burning sensations, skin irritations, and inflamed bumps or sores, which can last for days or weeks. Hives are usually caused by allergic reactions, autoimmune reactions, or overexposure to sunlight of chemicals. Stress can aggravate symptoms.

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells in areas affected by overexposure to sunlight. There are a number of types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and others. Skin cancer is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. If you notice abnormal growths or changes in your skin, schedule an appointment with your doctor to be examined. Skin cancer is highly treatable and early detection can prevent it from becoming widespread.

Questions? Ask Our Albuquerque Workers’ Compensation Attorney - (505) 219-2176

Because of the nature of skin diseases, it can be challenging to successfully file a workers’ compensation claim for your injuries. Michael J. Doyle, Attorney At Law has more than a decade of experience fighting for the rights of injured workers, and we are prepared to help you with your claim. Our Albuquerque workers’ compensation lawyer is dedicated to assisting our clients with solution-focused, personalized legal counsel.

Schedule your free initial consultation today. Contact our team by calling (505) 219-2176. We are even available evenings and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule.

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