Many people know that, when a worker is injured on the job, they can file a workers’ compensation claim in order to make up for lost wages and medical expenses related to their injury. But what happens when a worker contracts a disease or falls ill because of their job?
Illnesses and Scope of Employment
Fortunately, Texas workers’ compensation laws also apply to illnesses, diseases, and other conditions that are related to a workers’ specific job duties. This means that a worker who gets sick on the job can pursue benefits to get the care that they need.
In order to successfully do so, however, an injured worker must prove two things for the case:
The disease was caused by conditions that are characteristic and specific to the workers’ job environment or duties
The disease was not an “ordinary disease of life” in which the general public had an equal chance of being exposed to
In other words, there must be a direct link between the particular job and the disease that the worker contracted. The actual evidence needed to prove this link will vary based on the situation and job. For instance, a miner who contracts pneumoconiosis—also known as “black lung” disease—may have a relatively easy time proving that their illness is a direct result of their work. But for other jobs and diseases, it may be more difficult to prove this link.
Helping You Build a Solid Case
If you developed a disease, illness, or any other condition because of your job, you may be eligible to pursue workers’ comp benefits. These cases rely heavily on physical evidence, including medical records and the conditions of the specific work environment. Our attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence to build a solid case in your favor.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our clients always come first. We understand that no cases are exactly the same, which is why we are dedicated to providing each one with personalized attention and an effective legal strategy that works best for their specific situation. If you developed an illness related to your work, please do not hesitate to reach out to our firm.