Q Is lung disease due to construction work covered under workers' compensation?
Yes, lung disease is covered under NJ workers’ compensation. These cases are generally categorized under occupational exposure. Every day while working, you may be exposed to harmful elements. Over time, this exposure may cause a worker to suffer lung disease, cancer, heart problems or mesothelioma.
Most construction workers are frequently exposed to damaging substances. Breathing in many different types of materials can cause a variety of respiratory illnesses.
Some of the most common materials that cause respiratory illnesses include:
- Dusts from things such as silica, coal, and asbestos
- Fumes from heated metals
- Smoke from burning materials
- Gases such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and chlorine
If you are suffering from lung disease as a result of exposure to harmful substances due to your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may include fully paid medical care for your injury or illness, or pay for lost wages or time missed from work. If you have a permanent loss of function from the injury, you may also be entitled to a cash settlement.
For occupational exposure injuries, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when the exposure occurred. The law concerning these injuries can be complicated, which is why it is important to have a local workers’ compensation attorney on your side. Manfred F. Ricciardelli has over twenty years of experience in handling workers’ comp cases. Focus on your recovery and let us handle your case. Fill out our online contact form or call us today at (973) 285-1100 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your claim