Occupational diseases include physical and mental illnesses and injuries caused by working conditions. Employees who suffer an occupational disease are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In some cases, a negligent third party may also be liable for damages.
The Law Office of Stephen J. Dennis provides experienced workers’ comp representation to injured Rhode Island workers. Our attorney holds employers and third parties accountable for negligence that causes injuries and illnesses to employees. We work hard to recover the benefits you need to heal from your injury. For a free consultation with an occupational disease lawyer in Providence, please call 401-453-1355 or contact us online.
Toxic Exposure and Repetitive Stress Injuries
A lack of oxygen or exposure to toxins can lead to serious injury or wrongful death. Employers that do not provide adequate ventilation, masks, and other safety equipment put workers at risk for poisoning, contact dermatitis, chemical burns, lung injuries, organ damage and cancer. Some of the most dangerous toxins in the workplace include cadmium, mercury, benzene, silica, asbestos, and mold.
Repetitive stress injuries are also common to many occupations. Any job that requires a worker to perform repetitive motions, sit in poorly designed workstations, or repeatedly lift or bend can cause muscle strain and soft tissues injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome, swollen/injured joints, neck and back strain, disk disease and hernias are just a few of the repetitive stress or cumulative trauma injuries a worker can suffer.
Any of these injuries can result in temporary or permanent disability. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be unable to return to work. We can help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need if you are disabled.