When Maryland employees work in certain occupations such as auto repair, nursing or construction, among others, they often work with chemicals, toxic substances and other on-the-job hazards that could lead to illnesses. Employers are required to make sure that you have what you need to safely work with these substances, including training, protective equipment and other safety measures. Even following the appropriate safety rules and regulations, accidents still happen, and some of them lead to occupational diseases.
If you work with solvents or other chemical compounds or substances, you could contract any number of conditions or illnesses. Some of those conditions or illnesses could include skin irritations, respiratory ailments and, in some cases, cancers. For instance, some people still work around asbestos and risk suffering from asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.
In fact, if your work around loud noises all day long, you could lose your hearing, which could be considered a work-related condition. Even stressors from your job could cause you to suffer from certain ailments. You may wonder whether you could apply for workers’ compensation benefits since you were not involved in an accident. The answer may be yes.
Numerous occupational diseases qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. If you question whether your recently diagnosed illness or condition qualifies, it may be in your best interests to discuss the matter with a Maryland workers’ compensation attorney. He or she could inform you of your rights, let you know whether your condition qualifies and help you through the process of obtaining the benefits you deserve.