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What Kind of Illnesses Does Iowa Workers Comp Cover?
You likely already know that if you’re injured on the job, your workers comp benefits should cover the costs of your recovery. But what about a work-related illness? Will your Iowa workers comp cover that?
Unlike a work injury, which can typically be easily connected to a machine malfunction, for example, a work illness isn’t so simple. But, with an experienced work comp lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC on your side, you have a chance at your rightful compensation.
You may not be injured, but if you’re physically unable to perform your job because of an illness contracted during the course of your job, you should receive compensation to cover your related expenses.
Exposure to Chemicals and Occupational Disease
In some positions, you’re exposed to dangerous situations on a regular basis, which can lead to serious injuries. However, that’s not the only problem you might encounter. In some cases, the chemicals you’re exposed to may cause lasting damage to your health.
One of the most common examples is exposure to toxic substances. For example, many miners are exposed to the chemicals and fibers used in the mines. Although they are required to wear some protective gear, not all effects of toxic substances can be avoided completely.
Exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace can lead to some of the following conditions:
- Heart failure
- Immune system damage
- Various types of cancer
Although you might not be exposed to dangerous substances every day, a typical day on your job can result in serious conditions over time. Just because the suffering didn’t happen immediately, such as a broken bone caused by malfunctioning construction equipment, doesn’t mean it’s not just as serious.
For example, let’s say you work with heavy machinery every day, such as the machines on a railway. Here, you might be exposed to extremely loud noises for hours on end. That constant noise can damage your hearing over time, and eventually, it might cause permanent and complete hearing loss.
Although your work situation didn’t directly damage your ear, it did cause the development of a serious health condition. Losing a sense such as hearing can be traumatic and difficult to come to terms with. Your condition is also chronic, and being able to hear can affect your job and, of course, your life. As such, you’ll need to speak to a lawyer about your chronic condition, even if it developed over time.
A Lawyer Will Know What Kind of Illnesses Iowa Workers Comp Covers
When you’re hurt, securing your workers comp usually means reporting an accident and filing for the work comp benefits you deserve. But, what about when you’re unable to return to work because of an illness contracted at work?
Because your suffering is likely to be more difficult to connect to your job, seek out a lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. Our attorneys understand how difficult it can be to recover from an illness. That can feel even more overwhelming when you didn’t cause your suffering. Your condition could be lifelong, so you’ll likely need help getting maximum compensation for your current and future expenses.
Get the help you need by scheduling a free consultation. Reach out to our firm by calling 319-754-6400 or by completing the online form below.