In the United States, employees who develop an occupational respiratory disease may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Suppose you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an occupational respiratory disease. In that case, it is essential to understand the workers’ compensation process and how to get the best possible compensation.
Occupational Respiratory Diseases
Occupational Respiratory illness claims are a big worry for employers, employees, and insurance companies. It is one of the most common work-related illnesses that workers’ compensation covers.
As was already said, occupational respiratory disease is one of the most common reasons people file workers’ compensation claims, and many different things can cause it. Common claims for workers’ compensation because of a respiratory illness are breathing problems and lung diseases.
Work-related illnesses can range from the dangerous black lung disease, caused by breathing in coal dust, to coronavirus/COVID-19, caused by breathing in asbestos fibers.
Also, in the US alone, nearly 7 million people have asthma caused by their jobs and another 19 million file claims for respiratory illnesses. Conditions at work can cause many respiratory diseases that can kill you.
In the US, the leading cause of disability is a disease of the lungs, like asthma. In the US, claims for respiratory illnesses at work have increased for a long time.
Different kinds of lung diseases
A typical occupational respiratory diseases claim comes from an employee exposed to a dangerous substance, like asbestos, and then got a short-term or long-term respiratory illness.
The problem is that even when an employee is diagnosed with a work-related disease like mesothelioma, it is often hard to figure out precisely what caused the infection.
In some places of work, like construction sites, chemical plants, and other similar businesses, workers are often exposed to substances known to cause breathing problems.
There are many dangerous substances in many workplaces that could hurt the lungs of workers. Respiratory injuries are lung diseases that can be traced back to a person’s workplace.
A cold or the flu are not work-related illnesses for workers’ compensation. Still, it is considered to be related to your job if you get tuberculosis, brucellosis, hepatitis A, or COVID-19 at work.
It is not clear if these policies will cover COVID-19 illnesses. Specifically, suppose COVID-19 is a covered illness or injury. In that case, most property damage claims made by workers against their employers should be thrown out by workers’ compensation laws, assuming COVID-19 is a covered illness or injury.
How to claim an occupational respiratory disease to get the most out of your compensation?
In the US, many people don’t know how to file claims at work for respiratory illnesses. For example, your doctor may tell you that you have a lung disease and need to stay home from work or ask for money.
- Talking to your boss
First, you should tell your employer. It is an important step. If you don’t report your time off on time, your employer can refuse to pay you. If you don’t tell your boss in writing within 30 days of getting hurt on the job, you might lose your right to workers’ comp.
- Filling out the form
So, you need to get a Respiratory Illness at Work form from the human resources department of your company. Law requires this form for anyone who wants to claim a respiratory illness. Your employer must give you the claim form in person or send it by mail within one business day of finding out about the disease or injury.
Fill out the “Employee” section of the form and send it to your employer immediately. Please fill out the employee section of the DWC-1 application form carefully and give it to your manager as soon as possible.
Make sure to list any parts of your body that you think may have been hurt or affected by your injury or illness at work. Filling out this form should be done with the help of your lawyer.
- Talk to an experienced occupational respiratory illness
Applicants must show a link between what they did and the injury suffered. Usually, an employee who files a claim for damages must show that he was hurt or got sick at work or during his career. If there is proof that the accident happened because of the job, the worker gets paid.
Illness is a complex and unique topic to collect and present. Even a tiny mistake can cause a claim to be turned down. So, experts should do this kind of work. You can get money from your insurance company if you have a respiratory illness claim. You won’t have to pay anything out of your pocket, and you can get reimbursement back for medical bills you’ve already paid.
Contact us at Pacific Attorney Group immediately if you don’t know what to do if you get a respiratory illness. We’ll help you file a claim that works and brings you the money you deserve. Let our team of experienced Occupational Respiratory Disease lawyers fight for your right to be paid for lost wages, medical bills, and other losses caused by your injury. Now is the time to call us at (916) 827-3686 to schedule a free consultation.