As a Pennsylvania worker, you know that you are entitled to certain benefits in the event of a work accident and injury. However, you are still entitled to the same benefits in the event that you come down with an illness that was the result of your work environment, job duties or other work-related factors.
Workers’ compensation benefits also cover occupational illness, but it is not always an easy process to get the benefits you deserve, even with a valid claim. If you believe that your illness is the result of your job, you may find it beneficial to reach out for help as soon as possible in the benefits claims process.
The impact of your illness
For many workers who experience an occupational illness, the effects are serious and long-reaching. While it is hard to sometimes see the physical impact of an illness, sick workers may need extensive time off work, expensive medical care and other support simply to recover and return to work. If you received a diagnosis of an occupational illness, you would be wise to take your situation seriously and secure the help you need as soon as possible.
Types of occupational illnesses
Occupational illnesses range in severity and type. The type of illness you have depends on your job, the toxic substances to which you were exposed and the severity of the exposure. Some of the most common types of occupational illnesses include the following:
- Hearing loss from loud work environments
- Respiratory illnesses and conditions
- Poisoning from toxic substances
- Heatstroke or sunstroke
- Illnesses that result from environmental factors
No matter what made you sick, you have the right to a full and fair recovery. You have the right to benefits for medical bills, lost wages from time missed from work and other financial losses.
Getting better and returning to work
The intent of workers’ compensation benefits is to allow an injured or ill worker the time and support needed to fully recover from his or her condition in the hopes of an eventual return to work. While you know you have a rightful claim to benefits, workers’ compensation insurance providers do not always have your best interests in mind.
You may have to fight for the full amount of workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. This is not a fight you have to wage alone, but you may take the steps to ensure you get the financial support you need and the medical help you deserve.