When it comes to matters of workers’ compensation, many people only think about suffering a physical injury at their place of employment. They never take into consideration the fact that they could also file a claim as the result of an exposure injury.
In short, an exposure injury is one that is caused by job conditions. There are two types to become familiar with:
— Immediate onset. As the name suggests, this is when the illness and symptoms are immediately present. For example, exposure to toxic chemicals can lead to the rapid development of an illness.
— Long term exposure. This includes the exposure to hazardous substances over many years. Unfortunately, it is possible that a diagnosis will not come for many years down the road, even after the employee has left the company. For example, asbestos exposure can cause cancer such as mesothelioma.
The bad thing about long term exposure is that you probably don’t know you are doing anything to harm your health. And then one day in the future, you realize that your health is declining as a direct result.
It is important that you are familiar with exposure injuries, both immediate onset and long term.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to review our blog and website. Those who feel they are a victim of an exposure injury may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit. Doing so is never easy, so make sure you get the help of a professional. At our law firm, we are here to answer your questions and provide you with the guidance you require.