What is an Occupational Disease?
Not all work-related injuries are caused by sudden and traumatic accidents. Many Illinois workers are permanently or temporarily disabled every year by occupational diseases. However, injured workers who suffer from an occupational disease are eligible for financial and medical benefits per the Illinois Occupational Disease Act. Many of these illnesses develop slowly over time, making such cases more complicated than workers’ compensation cases involving a traumatic injury.
Some of the most common occupational diseases are:
- Respiratory diseases
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Industrial Asthma
- Black Lung/Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis
- Skin diseases and Disorders
- Industrial Contact Dermatitis
- Chemical Burns
- Poisoning by harmful Chemicals and/or Substances
- Lead Poisoning
- Radiation Poisoning
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
At Culley, Feist, Kuppart & Jordan, we represent people with occupational diseases throughout Southern Illinois and the surrounding area. We have over 30 years of combined knowledge and accumulated experience handling occupational diseases claims. Our firm never represents insurance companies or large corporations; we are completely focused on representing injured workers. We will help you understand your rights and fight to ensure that you obtain the benefits that you’re entitled to while you recover.