When you go to work, does your illness get worse? Did you develop a new illness that you never had before? You could have an occupational illness.
An occupational illness is any exposure or event in the workplace that worsens a preexisting condition, causes an illness or contributes to an existing illness. There are a number of common occupational illnesses including:
- Occupational COPD
- Occupational Musculoskeletal disorders
- Occupational asthma
- Occupational dermatitis
Out of all the illnesses, asthma is the most common occupational lung disorder. It presents similarly to any other form of asthma and comes with symptoms of:
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in the chest
What causes occupational lung disorders?
An occupational lung disorder like asthma or COPD may be caused by exposure to gases, dust, cigarette smoke, vapors and fumes. For example, if you work in a mechanic shop, you may be regularly exposed to exhaust fumes that could set off this disorder.
Occupational dermatitis is a large issue for employers
Occupational dermatitis is another major issue for employers and workers alike. Occupational contact dermatitis happens most often because of coming into contact with irritants and sensitizers. For example, if you clean for your work, you could be exposed to bleach, ammonia and other harsh chemicals that could affect your skin.
It is important for you to know that you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim if you have an illness that is worsened by your job. Whether you worsen a physical injury or develop a new condition, like asthma, you should be able to file a claim and seek compensation accordingly.