Ohio Occupational Disease Lawyers

What Is an Occupational Disease?

An occupational disease occurs gradually over time. For example, a disease such as a chronic skin condition or respiratory illness may be caused by exposure to a substance in the workplace. Repetitive strain injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”), cubital tunnel syndrome, are also examples of occupational diseases. 

To be recognized as occupational, the conditions in the workplace must place you at greater risk to the illness than the general public. The illness must be confirmed by a medical diagnosis. Workplace conditions that might cause occupational diseases include exposure to toxic chemicals; dust, gases or fumes; extreme noises or temperature changes; physical vibrations, constant pressure and use; repetitive motions; radiation or radioactive rays; and disease-causing organisms.

  • Examples of Occupational Illnesses
  • Examples of occupational diseases may include:
  • Lead, mercury, phosphorus or arsenic poisoning
  • Poisoning by benzol, gasoline, benzine, naphtha, carbon bisulphide, wood alcohol, carbon dioxide or potassium cyanide
  • Infection or skin conditions caused by contact with oils, compounds lubricants, dust, liquids, fumes, gases or vapors
  • Cardiovascular pulmonary or respiratory illness (if you are a firefighter or police officer)
  • Silicosis and asbestosis
  • Diseases of the respiratory tract caused by exposure to dust
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow and bursitis
  • Anthrax
  • Glanders
  • Brass, zinc, manganese or radium poisoning
  • Bursitis
  • Ulceration of the skin or nasal passages
  • Berylliosis

If you think your disease may be caused by a workplace condition, the law firm of Seaman & Associates offers a free consultation to explain your rights and your options.