When a person becomes ill due to an unsafe work condition, the consequences
can be severe. Along with accumulated hours of missed work, a person can
suffer serious pains, costly medical expenses, mental anguish, and much
more. For this reason, a person who develops an occupational disease should
contact experienced legal representation right away. A skilled lawyer
can help that person obtain the monetary compensation they are entitled
to receive through workers’ compensation benefits.
What is an Occupational Disease?
occupational disease is one that arises during the course of employment. These diseases are
not considered ordinary, in that the general public is not exposed to
these illnesses outside of employment.
For a person to become eligible to receive workers’ compensation
benefits in Virginia, the condition must be considered a disease and must
also meet the following requirements:
- The disease is not a condition of the back, spinal column, or neck
- The disease must be caused by work-related matters
- The occupation must be the proximate cause of such disease
- The worker must be able to prove that the disease occurred during the course
of employment and not from outside the employment
When Must a Person File for a Claim?
According to Virginia laws, a worker who believes they have developed an
occupational disease must file a claim within two years after diagnosis
is first communicated by the doctor to the worker or within a five-year
timespan from the most recent injurious exposure to the disease, whichever
The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC Can Help You File an Occupational Disease Claim
At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC,
our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of those harmed while earning
a living. Because we understand these types of situations create unnecessary
hardships for an entire family, we work diligently to pursue only the
best results in the shortest amount of time possible. When you call our
team, we will take the time to listen to the details of your case and
determine which strategies can help you obtain positive results right away.
Don’t wait another minute to retain seasoned legal advocacy.
Call a Virginia workers’ compensation attorney from The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC today!