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What are some common types of workplace illnesses

While many people recognize the prevalence of workplace injuries, illnesses that occur at work should not be ignored. Every year, workplace illnesses disrupt the lives of many workers in Erie, and across the state of Pennsylvania. If you have suffered a job-related illness, you may be experiencing a variety of difficulties, such as physical pain and financial complications. Whenever a workplace illness occurs, it is critical for those affected to carefully review their circumstances and determine the best path forward.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published a helpful overview of some of the common workplace illnesses. There are many types of occupational illnesses that employees suffer and it is important for workers to be aware of the risks they face every day at work. For example, some employees may be poisoned by carbon monoxide or toxic chemicals (such as those found in pesticides). Also, employees who are exposed to dangerous gases, vapors or dust may have respiratory issues. Other types of workplace illnesses that employees suffer include hearing loss, skin problems, frostbite, heat stroke and exposure to infectious disease, among others.

If you are suffering from any of these illnesses, daily life may be very challenging. Whether you have been forced to take time off work or seek medical care, occupational illnesses often make life tough. However, taking advantage of every resource on your road to recovery is essential. For some, this may include gaining access to workers' compensation benefits or even filing a lawsuit.

Please keep in mind that this material does not constitute legal advice.

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