What is an Occupational Disease Under Maryland Workers' Compensation Law? My Job Caused Me to Get Sick.
Many Baltimore personal injury lawyers routinely secure worker's compensation benefits for their clients. Those lawyers know that an
...."occupational disease" is a disease, contracted by an employee in the scope and course of employment that temporarily or permanently disables the employee.
To be entitled to worker's compensation benefits under the law, the injured worker must prove the disease arose from incidents of the employment, and must be a customary, usual and natural consequence of that vocation. Some claims of occupational disease that have found their way through the court system involve:
- Hearing loss
- Post-traumatic stress
- Work related asthma
- Repetitive trauma injuries
- Asbestos exposure
- Exposure to dusts, metals or toxins
It goes without saying that occupational disesaes can be the most debilitating of afflcitions for a worker. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the malady, they may be among the most difficult to connect to a work-related condition. These cases can be intricate, time-consuming, and ultimately, expensive to litigate. Moreover, these types of claims are often contested by the insurance company. Issues of proof can be complex, and a skilled worker's compensation attorney's services are required.
-This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 10/1/19.