Occupational Diseases

Minnesota Work Accident Lawyer

It is unfortunate that there are a number of diseases that can be acquired at work. When this happens, a person can temporarily or permanently be out of work. When that is the case, it is imperative to take advantage of the workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to and speak with a Minnesota occupational disease lawyer as soon as possible so you can have an effective advocate throughout the entire claims process.

When you speak with Russell G. Sundquist about the disease that you have developed, you are met with a St. Paul and Hibbing occupational disease lawyer who will give you emotional and legal support. While some individuals try to face the workers’ compensation claims process on their own while also trying to battle their disease, the fact is that no one has to go through it alone.

Types Of Occupational Diseases

There are a number of occupational diseases that include:

  • Asbestosis
  • Cancer
  • Silicosis
  • Breathing difficulties or asthma due to exposure to chemicals
  • Blood diseases
  • Lung disease

Most diseases are the result of breathing in chemicals or materials, such as silica, asbestos, or dust. Some individuals working with buttered popcorn have developed “popcorn lung,” which causes them to have difficulty breathing. Any time a person has difficulty breathing, they cannot perform a lot of tasks. In fact, practically any occupational disease that a person develops results in extreme disability that takes away their ability to work for the long-term. In some cases, a person can recover and return to work in a different industry, but they need the workers’ compensation benefits that will allow them to recover and retrain for a new career.

Deadlines

Workers’ compensation claims have specific deadlines, but the deadlines for occupational disease claims are different than the usual claim. Non-occupational disease-related injuries have a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the injury filing with the employer to file a claim. If a First Report of Injury was not filed, then the statute of limitations gives six years from the date the injury occurred.

In an occupational disease case, the statute of limitations states that an individual can file their claim within 3 years of the date that the disease was discovered and determined to be work-related. It is important to have sufficient information that states the disease is the result of exposure at work. The disability is also one that must show that you required time off of work or your job had to be changed due to restrictions.

Contact A Minnesota Occupational Disease Attorney

If you have contracted a disease that is the result of the environment in which you worked, you need the help of an experienced and aggressive workplace injury lawyer to help you receive the benefits that you need to pay your expenses while you recover. With over 30 years of experience, Russell G. Sundquist can fight for you to ensure you receive what you need. Call the Twin Cities office at 651-228-1881 or the Hibbing, MN office at 800-457-4811 to learn about what can be done for you in your unique case.