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Most Common Occupational Illnesses

Every year, thousands of workers file claims after sustaining an injury or illness at work caused by a variety of factors, including the demands of the occupation itself. These claims do not necessarily have to involve a one-time accident that results in harm to the employee. In fact, they often include injuries and illnesses that develop over a greater span of time. If you developed an occupational illness, you have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits that can assist you throughout your recovery.

We have compiled a list of some of the most common occupational illnesses workers’ experience on the job:

  • Skin disorders: Occupations that demand workers to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time are at a high risk of developing skin cancer. Some of these high-risk occupations include roofers, construction workers, and agricultural workers. Additionally, skin diseases might also be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. Workers who are often exposed to such dangerous chemicals include painters, cleaners, construction workers, and mechanics. Of course, these are not the only two types of skin disorders workers suffer from. Other common disorders include ulcers, skin inflammations, rashes, contact dermatitis, skin infections, and eczema.

  • Respiratory illnesses: Toxic chemicals can also cause respiratory problems for workers who are in an industrial setting or on construction sites, where it is common to breathe in dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. This can worsen allergies or cause ultimately fatal illnesses like mesothelioma. Other common respiratory problems that affect workers include pneumonitis, tuberculosis, occupational asthma, silicosis, pharyngitis, and chronic pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Hearing loss: For those who work with or around loud machinery or in particularly noisy environments, there is a high likelihood that they will experience some hearing loss as they age. Even with the use of earbuds or earmuffs, it is not uncommon for employees in certain industries to suffer some accelerated hearing loss as a result of their exposure to noise. If you are experiencing hearing loss, in many cases, workers’ compensation might cover the costs of a hearing aid.

  • Overexertion: Employees across a wide range of industries are all susceptible to these types of injuries. From duties that involve heavy lifting to repetitive tasks that put an intense amount of strain on specific muscles in the body, overexertion is among the top reasons for workers’ compensation claims. Common overexertion injuries include shoulder and back injuries, hernias, ankle sprains, leg injuries, and joint injuries.

  • Musculoskeletal disorders: These types of complaints are often experienced by those in the healthcare industry, such as orderlies, nurses, and attendants. Most of these injuries involve rotator cuff disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back-related injuries.

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Sacramento

If you developed an occupational illness, you are likely in need of vital workers’ compensation benefits to assist you throughout this time. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies often push back. At Smolich & Smolich, our Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to guiding injured workers throughout the claims process from start to finish. 

Contact our office today at (916) 571-0400 to schedule a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.