Workers’ Compensation Claim For Contagious Disease
If you contract a contagious disease while at work, your employer may be liable for the injury. If you are engaged in work where exposure is a result of the particular environment, then your employer is liable. For example, if you work at a hospital and contract a disease, your employer will be liable. If your employer sends you to places where a particular epidemic is, then your employer will be liable. If your employment requires vaccinations for certain diseases, and the vaccination causes you to contract the disease, your employer will be liable.
Workers’ Compensation Claim For Non-contagious Disease
Your employer is generally not liable for non-contagious diseases, if they do not arise from your employment. Generally speaking, a non-contagious disease is the employee’s own responsibility. However, if your employer provides specific testing, and it misses a disease which you currently have, your employer could be liable. If the disease could have been found by the testing, and the failure to not detect it causes the disease to be aggravated, your employer could be liable for compensation.
Workers’ Compensation Claim For Occupational Disease
Occupational diseases are those which arise from continuous exposure to hazardous substances. These include substances such as asbestos which can cause serious harmful diseases, such as cancer, after continuous exposure. Employers are liable for occupational diseases. The liability includes compensation for current problems and for future medical care. You need only to show the connection between the employment and the disease.
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