The kinds of workers compensation cases that tend to get the most media attention are physical injuries from dramatic accidents. In fact, many people assume that the only kinds of benefits you can receive in workers compensation cases are for these kinds of physical injuries, like broken bones or head or neck injuries.

But some kinds of work related health issues that often go overlooked are diseases and illnesses that result from certain different job related circumstances. These are more common than some people think and can be just as serious, if not more serious, than injuries from work related accidents. It can sometimes even take months or years to realize that you have gotten sick because of the kind of work you had been doing.

Although there are a number of diseases or illnesses that could result from working certain jobs, some are more common than others. If you develop an illness or a disease from your job, call a Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer to help you with your claim and make sure that you get the benefits you are eligible for as an employee in Pennsylvania.

Asthma

Asthma is a common condition that workers can get by breathing in chemicals, particles, or other irritants that can make it difficult to breathe. Even if you have never had asthma before, you can get asthma on the job if the air is of bad enough quality. Workers who are particularly susceptible to getting asthma on the job are workers in chemical plants, miners, and construction workers who all breathe in potentially toxic chemicals, coal dust and silica dust, or fine wood particles and other chemicals. Asthma is not necessarily life threatening in all cases, but it can be extremely uncomfortable and can last for the rest of your life and requires medicines and inhalers to treat.

Hearing Loss

There are several circumstances on job sites that can lead to hearing loss. Any time you work in a loud environment without the proper ear protection, it can lead to hearing loss, either temporarily or even permanently. Factories are one place where repeated loud noises are common, as well as construction workers, especially those who work on demolition sites. Partial hearing loss can cause you to have to get hearing aids, and total hearing loss can make you have to change your entire way of life.

Heatstroke or Sunstroke

Workers who are outside for long periods of time without breaks or enough shade or water can suffer from heatstroke or sunstroke. Heatstroke is when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher, and you can get heatstroke either from the sun (sunstroke) or from other forms of heat, like furnaces or even buildings without the proper air circulation. With heatstroke or sunstroke, you could feel lightheaded, sweat too much, or feel nauseated. If gone untreated, heatstroke could permanently affect your heart, muscles, or even your brain, and you could ultimately die if you do not get treatment quickly.

Skin Diseases

There are several kinds of skin diseases that result from things you could encounter at your job. Contact dermatitis is a common skin disease that results in a rash and can be prompted by skin exposure to oils, greases, certain metals, and other substances. It can even be caused by sunlight or chemicals. Mechanics and other workers who are constantly using substances around their hands and skin could easily get contact dermatitis. Other kinds of job related skin diseases include allergic reactions, eczema, or skin cancer.

Cancer

Cancer is one of the most serious kinds of diseases you can get from working on the job. It can come in many different forms from many different sources. Construction workers who have been exposed to asbestos, for example, can develop mesothelioma, or cancer of the tissues of inner organs like your heart. Lung cancer can come from breathing in chemicals or particles over a period of time. And you can get skin cancer if your skin was exposed to certain chemicals or other substances, or if you worked out in the sun without the proper protection for a long period of time.

The issue with cancer is that the symptoms often do not manifest themselves until long after the initial exposure, or even after you’ve quit working at the place that caused it. This can make it hard to get the medical benefits you need to help you with the expensive bills. But with the assistance of a Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer, you can make sure you receive the medical benefits you deserve.

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