Sometimes, your job causes you to be ill, and during recovery, you’re unable to return to work. In these situations, you may need Workers’ Comp benefits to help you through the time away from work.
So, what occupational diseases are covered under Virginia Workers’ Comp, and is yours covered? If you’re not sure, Pathfinder Injury Law can help you determine whether you’re eligible for Workers’ Comp benefits for a work-related illness.
Occupational diseases include anything you may have contracted because of your job. If you may have caught this condition because of your working conditions or exposure to certain substances, you would be covered under Virginia Workers’ Compensation.
For example, one of the most common occupational diseases is pneumoconiosis, which includes black lung disease and asbestosis. These illnesses come from exposure to toxic substances breathed in over time. Your Workers’ Comp lawyer can determine whether you’ve been exposed to anything that could have caused your illness.
That doesn’t mean every disease you catch at work is eligible for Virginia Workers’ Comp. For example, some diseases are average conditions you may catch from the general public, which doesn’t necessarily relate to your job.
For example, if you catch the flu at work, you may not be eligible for Workers’ Comp. Sure, you may be able to trace it back to the office, but illnesses you could catch anywhere won’t get you coverage for your illness. Luckily, your lawyer can help you determine whether your illness meets the requirements for Virginia Workers’ Comp.
Worried about your health after you caught something at work? You may need to know more about occupational diseases covered under Virginia Workers’ Comp. Luckily, Pathfinder Injury Law can help you seek Workers’ Comp benefits, and we can represent you in your fight for coverage. To take advantage of your free consultation, call (804) 505-0633 or complete the online form below.