Working in contaminated conditions or being exposed to something you thought was safe, can sometimes result in illness through no fault of your own. If you work in an environment that doesn’t take protective measures when handling certain items or products, you could be exposed to diseases that will ultimately cause some form of illness, resulting in needed time off of work. If you’re a consumer who’s purchased something toxic that made you ill because of how it was prepared, you could also be eligible for a personal injury claim.
Illness and Diseases
Illness and disease are often the results of improper handling of certain products or items. These products or items could be anything that requires special handling gear, instructions, or methods to prevent exposure to harmful toxins and chemicals along the way. For example, if you're working in the contracting and building industry, employers are required to give you masks and tools that help you do the safely without overexposure to harmful chemicals, sand, or dust. If the employer does not do this and you become ill due to overexposure, you could be entitled to workers' compensation. Furthermore, if you're a customer visiting a store that's open to the public and the store serves you something toxic or out of date that makes you ill, you could have a potential personal injury case.
Paid Sick Leave
While most companies offer their employees paid sick leave, the number of days they’re usually allocated is quite limited. However, if you become ill because of the conditions you’re continuously exposed to at work and have to take longer than the given paid days to recover, you could have a potential case on your hands. In such cases, we’ll assess your employment contract to determine if the amount of paid sick leave given is appropriate for your illness, as well as utilize doctors’ recommendations and diagnosis to help push your case to get you more paid sick days than what’s available. Furthermore, our goal is to also change how the employer exposes workers to such conditions to avoid taking sick leave in the future.
Once you've been involved in a worker's compensation case that resulted in illness, your employer should be supportive, whether it's through paying the medical costs for your injury or ensuring that you have enough paid time off to recover completely. Similarly, your employer may also have an obligation to provide support if you're the victim of a personal injury outside of work, not workers compensation related, but you need more time and resources to recover while out of the office. We assist in all types of workers' compensation and personal injury scenarios so that you're able to keep your job and have the employer support during a difficult time.
When to Hire a Workers Compensation Attorney
If you’re wondering when to hire a workers compensation attorney, or asking yourself, “Am I eligible? Do I qualify?” you can easily have all of your questions answered with a simple phone call. We know that our clients have busy schedules so we do our best to accommodate your schedule and offer information over the phone or via email through our contact form. We also set up consultations with our clients to discuss their cases further and find solutions and determine whether or not our legal services are needed in full. If you have questions and need answers, give us a call!