Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Work-Related Illnesses?

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Many of us know that workers’ compensation covers workplace accidents and resulting injuries. But what if you developed a disease, illness, or other condition related to your work duties or hazardous workplace condition?

Occupational Disease Laws in Kentucky

According to the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act, workers’ compensation law includes “occupational disease law.” Essentially, this means that workers who develop diseases caused by their work environment, rather than through the general public, are protected and entitled to benefits.

Common examples of occupational diseases in Kentucky include:

  • Asthma

  • Dermatitis

  • Cancer

  • Pneumoconiosis (also called “black lung,” and common among coal miners)

Keep in mind that your employer or their insurance company may try to deny that your condition or disease is related to work, which would mean that you wouldn’t be entitled to benefits. It is crucial that you always speak to a local workers’ compensation attorney if you develop an occupational disease so that he or she can collect all necessary information to show direct causation between your work conditions/job duties and your specific condition.

Protecting Your Rights to Benefits

You should not be left to pay for your medical expenses and related lost wages simply because you were doing your job. If you contracted an illness or developed a condition caused by your work, Justice Law Office is here to guide you through the workers’ compensation process and fight for the maximum benefits you deserve.

If you have any other questions regarding your workers’ compensation case or need help filing a claim, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm for dedicated, caring legal advocates in your corner.

Let us fight to get you the justice that you deserve. Contact our Louisville workers’ compensation attorneys at (502) 822-2230 to get started with a free consultation.

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