Occupational Diseases: Hidden Work Injuries in Michigan

Michigan work injury lawyer explains how an occupational disease can be covered under work comp.

It is important to recognize that a person who suffers from an occupational disease can receive work comp benefits. Lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, and medical treatment are all available. We want you to know your legal rights so you and your family are protected.

Understand that you can have two types of injuries at work.  The first is a sudden traumatic injury and usually happens as part of a specific event at work. These types of injuries usually occur from lifting a heavy object, twisting a knee, or from catching a finger in a machine.

The second type of injury is an occupational disease. These injuries can show up from repetitive work activities, exposure to chemicals, or from other materials at work. A person could develop chronic pain in their hands or have trouble breathing.

Types of occupational diseases covered by work comp in Michigan

Asthma                       Carpal Tunnel Syndrome            Disc disease
Asbestosis                  Cubital Tunnel Syndrome           Sciatica
Mesothelioma            Radial Tunnel Syndrome            Lumbago 
Lead Poisoning          Epicondylitis                                 Rotator Cuff Tear
Skin disorders           Tennis Elbow                                Hearing loss

How you prove a work comp case in Michigan

You must show that your injury or disease was caused or significantly aggravated by your work. It is critical that you have a doctor who supports your claim for work comp benefits.

Watch out for doctors recommended by your employer or its insurance company. If your work comp benefits are ever disputed, you need a doctor who will be on your side.

Ask your family doctor for a referral to a specialist. You can also ask family and friends for a recommendation.

A work comp lawyer can give you free advice

An experienced work comp lawyer will not charge a fee to review your case. You only pay an attorney fee if worker comp benefits are recovered.

Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. We will make sure that you get all the work comp benefits available under the law.

Alex Berman is the founder of the law firm. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits for occupational diseases.

Related Information:

Video: Injured at work? Advice from a Michigan workers comp lawyer

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, Aidan Jones.

06/01/2011
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