Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

What should you know about occupational illness?

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2022 | workers' compensation

When you go to work, you expect to work in an environment that is as safe as possible. You expect to have all the tools necessary to face the inherent dangers that might be present in your job, too.

But what happens when situations still allow for illnesses to happen due to the poor maintenance of risks on the job?

What causes occupational illness?

California State Legislature directs victims of workplace illnesses to guides that discuss the unique risks of each industry. This includes farming, construction and healthcare – all industries that tend to have a high rate of occupational risk.

This includes the risk of illness. What exactly is an occupational illness? In short, it is something that either worsens or happens because of workplace conditions or duties.

An example may include having to use industrial cleaner to clean a machine, when this cleaner causes contact dermatitis. Frequent or prolonged loud noises can contribute to hearing loss. The inhalation of toxins or fumes may result in pulmonary disorders or the worsening of pre-existing conditions like asthma.

Even working outdoors can cause potential risk to health and wellness. Heat strokes and frostbite are both weather-invoked issues that can result in illness.

How do you cut down on these risks?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is often used in dangerous lines of work to reduce the possibility of illnesses. This can include things like earplugs, masks, gloves, eye shields and helmets. However, even a good place of work might not be doing everything in its power to keep employees fully protected.

For those who develop illnesses because of their job, there are options available for financial compensation which can go a long way in helping maintain fiscal stability.