Do I have a workers’ compensation claim for my illness?
When you hear workers’ compensation, you may think you can only claim if you got into a workplace accident such as a slip and fall or a fallen object. But workers’ compensation claims cover much more than an accident injury. These claims can also cover illnesses that were caused by a toxic environment.
Here’s the scenario: You work in a rather old office building. Although you’ve complained to your employer several times of the mold patches you see on the ceiling, nothing is done to fix the issue. As time progresses, you start having respiratory issues. After seeing your doctor, you find out that you contracted a mold allergy that has caused a serious infection in your lungs. Could you claim workers’ compensation?
It’s a fact, you don’t need to be in an accident to claim workers’ compensation. If you have experienced any issues such as those shown above because of the office environment, then you have the right to pursue a claim. For instance, let’s say you work on the computer all day and you develop carpal tunnel as a result. Or you work with harsh chemicals and the constant exposure has caused serious medical issues. All these are great examples of workers’ compensation claims.
However, you may find it a little harder to receive funds for your illness than an accident case. The insurance company or your employer may try to argue that you’ve always been ill or the conditions of the office had nothing to do with your illness.If this happens, you’re going to need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney by your side.
For more than 26 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been handling cases such as this throughout New Jersey. We are aggressive, relentless and successful. Contact us now for a free consultation.