Most people are aware that workers’ compensation exists to help workers who are injured on the job, but not everyone realizes that workers’ compensation also helps workers who develop job-related health problems over time. Occupational illnesses are also covered, but protecting your rights in order to ensure coverage can be complicated. When you first become aware that you are experiencing symptoms of an occupational illness, you should notify your supervisor as soon as possible. While telling your boss is certainly important, it is also important that you notify your employer in writing. In many cases, receiving benefits is more complicated for occupational illnesses than for injuries. If you believe that you are developing a work-related health condition, contact an experienced Denver workers’ compensation attorney immediately to protect your rights.
The Law Offices of Robert Paysinger have helped numerous Coloradans who have developed occupational illnesses to receive the full, fair value of their claims. The types of conditions that you may be vulnerable to generally depend on the work environment. In some cases, there may be hazards that are inherent to your work which are covered by workers’ compensation. For example, many office workers, and many laborers in jobs with very repetitive arm movements tend to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a condition characterized by inflammation of the nerves in the wrist. Many industries have hazards that are inherent to workers in that field.
Common Occupational Illness Conditions
Some conditions that are commonly work-related include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Respiratory Problems
- Vision Loss
- Hearing Loss
- Chemical Poisoning Over Time
Again, the conditions that workers are more likely to experience depend on the field of work. The difficult issue is that in many cases, workers’ compensation insurance companies will fight hard to prevent paying out claims on occupational illnesses. They may claim that the condition was not work-related, or they may claim that you had a pre-existing condition. The fact is, there are numerous reasons the insurance company may give as to why they will not pay out on your claim. It is important that you have a Denver workers’ comp lawyer standing with you to protect your rights, and to ensure that you do get paid all of the money that you are entitled to.
Navigating the workers’ compensation system is not easy. The law is complex, and the insurance company has a team of lawyers dedicated to protecting the company’s bottom line. Many people believe that if they develop job-related health problems, their employer will take care of them. Unfortunately, once you file for workers’ comp, it is no longer in your employer’s hands. And you can be sure that the workers’ compensation insurance company is more concerned with their own profit margin than your health.
Contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have developed a job-related health condition over time, contact a knowledgeable Denver workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, workers’ comp claims regarding occupational illnesses become very difficult; don’t stand alone to face an insurance company. Robert Paysinger has helped countless Coloradans to get the compensation that they are entitled to; he may be able to help you. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Robert today at (303)279-0221.
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