Most Common Occupational Diseases
An occupational disease is an illness that is caused by the environment you work in or the requirements of your position. Read on to learn more about the most common types of occupational diseases that employees in North Carolina seek workers compensation benefits for.
Mesothelioma is a very serious type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Construction and factory workers are commonly diagnosed with this condition after spending years working with materials that contained asbestos.
Symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, abnormal lumps under the skin of the chest or abdomen, and shortness of breath. It can be treated with radiation, surgical intervention, and chemotherapy.
When you routinely work in an environment thick with airborne toxins, whether they’re asbestos, smoke, or noxious gases, you are at risk for various respiratory conditions. Some of the most frequently seen work-related respiratory ailments include the following:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Black lung disease, also known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis
- Farmer’s lung, also referred to as allergic alveolitis
- Lung cancer
- Bronchiolitis obliterans
Symptoms of respiratory illnesses include chest pain, sore throat, body aches, fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. The way your respiratory disease will be treated will depend on the type of condition you are diagnosed with but could include surgical interventions, prescription medications, use of an inhaler or oxygen, and, in critical cases, lung transplants.
If you work in an environment that is extremely loud, you could end up partially or totally losing your ability to hear. Those who work in industrial settings are often at risk because of exposure of ototoxic chemicals and excessive noise.
You might be able to regain some of your hearing through work with an auditory therapist, but many workers find themselves suffering from permanent hearing loss after working in these types of environments for extended periods of time.
The musculoskeletal system involves muscles, tendons, bones, and soft tissues throughout the body. Occupational musculoskeletal conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendinitis, and thoracic outlet syndrome.
You could be suffering from one of these conditions if you feel numbness or tingling, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, chronic pain, stiffness or aching, pulled muscles, or burning sensations in the muscles. Treatment may involve physical therapy, medications, or surgery.
Contact a Durham Workers Comp Lawyer
If you have been diagnosed with an occupational disease and are interested in pursuing workers compensation benefits to support your family while you can’t work, reach out to an experienced workers comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, PA.
We provide consultations to prospective clients free of charge. You can take advantage of this opportunity by giving our office a call at 252-752-7785 or filling out the quick contact form below.