Occupational Illness And Workers' Compensation

When it comes to incidents in the workplace, many people immediately think of work-related injuries. While back pain, slip-and-fall injuries like broken bones, and various other physical injuries are relatively common, illnesses account for a significant portion of workers' compensation and personal injury claims.

No matter if you need to file for retraining or rehabilitation benefits following an injury, or wish to submit a third-party claim against parties other than your employer, we at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC, are ready to help you pursue the best possible result in your matter.

For help getting the benefits and support you need, contact our La Crosse law firm by dialing 608-406-2282, or toll free at 866-821-1345. You can also schedule your free initial case evaluation by completing our online contact form.

Filing A Claim For An Occupational Illness

There are a variety of illnesses that can affect a worker's ability to perform his or her duties. In some instances, these illnesses can have long-term effects that can result in disabilities or even death.

Our attorneys will work closely with you as you pursue treatment as well as a claim for just compensation. Exposure to hazardous chemicals or airborne substances, such as asbestos, can result in the various illnesses that we commonly see such as:

  • Breathing or respiratory problems such as asthma
  • Skin rash, irritation or sensitivity
  • Workplace stress
  • Hearing loss or deafness
  • Blindness
  • Various types of cancer

Earning Capacity Claims For Workplace Illnesses

The effects of an illness or injury can make it difficult for individuals to return to work. At times, a long-term or permanent illness may necessitate permanent partial disability benefits to ensure all dependents are properly cared for. Having helped numerous people file workers' comp claims, our lawyers know how to navigate the entire process efficiently and effectively. Many insurance companies only pay permanent partial disability compensation, and don't pay anything for a loss of earning capacity. They cheat people out of the compensation to which they are legally entitled. Don't let the insurance companies take advantage of you and cheat you.

Whether your illness arose suddenly or took years to become noticeable, you may be entitled to benefits to help with various expenses, retraining and rehabilitation.