What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Occupational Disease?

If you’ve developed an illness or disease while you’ve been on the job, the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and other expenses caused by your work-related illness.

If you need your benefits right away, don’t hesitate to call the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm. We’ll help you get the compensation you need so you can concentrate on getting better.

By definition, an occupational disease is an acute or chronic medical condition or disorder caused by inhalation, absorption, ingestion, or contact with harmful substances while working. There are many types of occupational disease, but the four most common types we see are:

  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) - These disorders relate to repetitive movements, overuse, or stress on body parts while working. It can cause trauma that may lead to muscle, bone, or tendon damage. Some examples of CTDs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow, and trigger finger.
  • Poisonings - Injuries from exposure to poisonous substances are common within the construction and manufacturing sectors. Poisonings are often related to substances such as carbon monoxide, lead, mercury, solvents, and other chemicals.
  • Skin Diseases and Disorder - These types of injuries are related to contact with substances, such as cement, detergents, or acids that can cause severe skin inflammation or allergic reactions. Workers can also suffer from skin disorders from clothing issued to them by their employer to protect them from harmful solutions or chemicals, such as boots or gloves.
  • Respiratory Diseases and Disorders - Injuries from indoor air pollution, latex, and other factors. Some examples of these types of injuries include asbestosis, bronchitis, hypersensitivity pneumonia, occupational asthma, pleural plaques, and reactive airway dysfunction syndrome.

These are just a few of the occupational diseases reported by workers. If you believe you’re suffering from a condition caused by your work environment, contact the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm today.