Compensation for Work-Related Illnesses & Chronic Pain in Orange County
When most people think of workers’ compensation, they think of injuries caused by sudden on-the-job accidents. But many injured workers are suffering from painful or debilitating physical conditions that developed over months or years on the job. Workers also have the right to workers’ compensation benefits for these work-related illnesses, but proving these claims can be a challenge.
A workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the money you need
If you’re suffering from a work-related illness in California, you need the help of a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer to get the benefits you need to pay for your medical treatment and time spent off work. Contact a California workers’ compensation lawyer at Invictus Law, PC, for help in getting compensation for your work-induced illness or disease.
Work-related illnesses explained
Some workplace-related injuries develop slowly over time through exposure to some form of harm, whether physical, emotional, or chemical. Unlike a ladder fall or on-the-job vehicle accident, a work-related illness may not show symptoms for months or years, but it is no less painful or legitimate a basis for workers’ compensation benefits. Common examples of work-related illnesses include:
- Hearing loss caused by noisy workplaces and a lack of hearing protection
- Illnesses related to chemical exposure, including some forms of cancer or lung disease
- Respiratory illnesses
- Post-traumatic stress, chronic anxiety, or similar afflictions caused by excessive stress on the job
- Herniated or bulging discs or other spinal injuries caused by moving and lifting heavy loads on the job
Repetitive stress injuries are a common work-related illness
Many workers make the same types of movements every day as part of their job, whether they work an office job in data entry or a job on the line of a manufacturing plant. Over time, these repeated motions can cause damage to the tendons, joints, and muscles involved in those movements. These injuries are known alternately as “repetitive strain injuries,” “repetitive stress injuries,” “cumulative trauma disorders,” or “repeated motion injuries.” Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries; it consists of swelling of wrist tissues that causes pinching of the nerves in the forearm.
Proving a work-related illness can be challenging
Work-related illnesses evolve over time. Without a single accident to point to as the source of an injury, it can be harder for workers to prove that their disorder is work-related rather than a pre-existing illness, or one which developed off the job. This is where an experienced California workers’ compensation attorney can help. A work-related disease lawyer at Invictus Law, PC, can help you get the benefits you need by using evidence from your workplace and from your treating physicians to prove that your claims are related to your work. Our dedicated Orange County workers’ compensation lawyer will be by your side throughout the process of filing your claim for benefits or appealing a denial to ensure that you have the best possible chances of getting the money you need. Contact our offices today for a complimentary consultation on your case.
Help is Available for Work-Related Illnesses in Orange County and the Inland Empire
For aggressive and effective legal help after an on-the-job injury in California, contact a board-certified workers’ compensation specialist at Invictus Law, PC for a free consultation at 949-287-5711, with offices in Orange and Ontario.