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If your job made you sick, you could have a right to benefits

You know that when a Florida worker suffers an injury because of an accident in the workplace, he or she would likely be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, these benefits also extend to workers who become ill due to their jobs. Occupational illnesses can have a serious impact on your ability to work and your medical bills can quickly add up, but you have options. 

If you have recently received a diagnosis of an occupational illness, you could have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits. However, it can be complex to secure benefits even with a valid claim, and you may find it useful to seek help in your pursuit to claim the financial support you deserve.

Common types of occupational illnesses

There are many reasons why workers contract occupational illnesses. From exposure to toxic substances to contact with dangerous mold, if you are suffering from an illness that is a direct result of your job or the duties required by your job, you could have a rightful claim to benefits. Some of the most common types of occupational illnesses include the following:

  • Respiratory illnesses, including asbestos-related lung diseases, occupational asthma, pulmonary disease and much more
  • Skin disorders and diseases, including eczema, inflammation, contact dermatitis and more
  • Hearing loss from working around loud machinery or lack of protective equipment
  • Heatstroke and other heat stress-related illnesses
  • Radiation or chemical poisoning
  • Cancers that develop from dangerous and toxic exposure

These are just some of the many types of occupational illnesses that can impact a worker and prevent that individual from carrying out his or her job duties. Even a temporary illness can result in weeks away from work and financial losses related to lost wages and medical expenses. Instead of making assumptions about your case, you may find it beneficial to seek an understanding of your options regarding workers' compensation benefits.

Navigating potential complications

Many issues can arise and influence your recovery. For example, you could find that you do not get the full amount of benefits you receive or there are unnecessary delays with your claim. From the very beginning of the claims process, it could be beneficial to know your rights and know how to protect them.

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