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Occupational Disease

Workers’ Compensation May Be Available If You Suffer from Work-Related Medical Conditions

When Ohio employees suffer workplace injuries, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation. This applies to obvious physical injuries, but many do not realize that workers’ compensation may also be available for illnesses and medical conditions.

Under Ohio’s benefits laws, anyone who suffers an occupational disease may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s workers’ compensation attorneys can help you and your family receive the assistance you need when your employment results in an occupational disease, including illnesses or injuries caused by:

  • Chemical Exposure
  • Biological, Bacterial, or Viral Exposure
  • Radiation
  • Toxic Substances
  • Repetitive Motions
  • Excessive Noise
  • Extreme Temperature
  • Prolonged or Extreme Pressure
  • Physical Vibrations

Applying for Occupational Disease Workers’ Compensation

Establishing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits based on an occupational disease can be more difficult than pursuing a claim based on more obvious physical injuries. Ohio law recognizes specific conditions as “occupational diseases,” but unlisted conditions may still meet the criteria for benefits eligibility.

Even when you or your loved one suffer from a listed occupational disease, claim approval is not guaranteed.  Injured employees must also prove that the disease resulted form work-related activity and exposure, that the exposure caused the condition, and that the employment created a greater risk of developing the condition than the risk to those who do not perform the employee’s job.

Filing a successful workers’ compensation claim is difficult enough.  Successfully proving eligibility for benefits based on an occupational disease can be even harder.  But you do not have to file or appeal your denied claim alone.

The workers compensation attorneys of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA proudly represent Ohio workers who have sustained injuries and developed occupational diseases while on the job.  We can help you collect relevant records and evidence, consult and elicit expert testimony, and present the best case possible to help you receive the benefits and assistance you need.

If you or your loved one suffer from an occupational disease, you may be entitled to benefits or other financial assistance.  Call or email us today for a free consultation and let us fight for you.