Not everyone loves waking up to go to work every day, but your job should not make you physically sick or injured. Sadly, because of a variety of factors, these things happen occasionally, but when it does, you have the right to ask your employer for a special kind of benefits called workers’ compensation.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
When you have been injured or if you have contracted a disease or illness as a result of doing your job, you can file for compensation so that even though you are physically incapable of going to work, you can get some sort of assistance to help you and your family through this difficult time. Making ends meet can prove challenging enough even when you have a steady job and can expect a regular paycheck, but when you can’t work due to an injury or illness you experienced on the job, it makes everyday life a lot more complicated and stressful. That’s where workers’ compensation benefits come in; it helps bridge the gap during the time that you cannot work and therefore lack that reliable source of income.
Did Your Employer Deny Your Claim for Compensation?
On occasion, even when you file your claim for compensation, for any of a variety of reasons, your employer may opt to dispute and deny your claim. If that happens to you, you may want to consider the option of hiring an attorney to represent you in your case; they will do all the research and prepare and file all of the necessary legal paperwork. The attorneys with Walton Telken Foster have many years of experience working these types of case, and will work hard to get you all the compensation you deserve. Keep in mind that some of your injuries and illnesses may cause you to be away from work for months or years – a doctor may even say that you should not return to your previous line of employment if you want to heal. Additionally, you can develop cancer from working around dangerous chemicals. It’s important at this critical juncture that you make the right decision for yourself and your family, one that will serve you now and into the future.
Here are some of the occupational illnesses your doctor may diagnose you with if you have a history of working around dangerous chemicals:
- Silicosis, asbestosis, and mesothelioma are caused by inhaling types of silica, a natural compound found in quartz, sandstone, and sand.
- Lead poisoning can be cured, but it can take months or years of treatments and avoiding lead.
- Cancer can result from exposure to or inhalation of any of a wide variety of chemicals, or you could get cancer if your job entails working much of the day outside.
- Skin disorders can be caused by exposure to chemicals or, like cancer, it could develop as a result of being outside for most of the day. You could have an irritant or allergic reaction.
- Respiratory problems happen when you breathe in too much dust or dirt; side effects can include chronic chest pain and coughing.
- Hearing loss happens frequently to those who work in loud or noisy environments, such as packing plants, construction sites, and concert venues.
Call to Schedule Your Free Consultation Today with a Collinsville Workers Compensation Lawyer
In the Collinsville area, call toll-free (844) 307-7349 to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney with the Walton Telken Foster law firm; there is no charge for your initial consultation, and if we fail to win your case, then we will not get paid, so you have nothing to lose.