You haven’t suffered a sudden injury, and you are still able to go into your job and perform most of the tasks. But your work environment is definitely taking a toll on your health every day you show up, and it’s getting harder and harder to cope with the symptoms. What can you do if your workplace causes a skin condition that is placing your health—or even your life—at risk?
For workers suffering from skin ailments, a day at work can have negative or even painful effects. Fortunately, workers’ compensation offers benefits for many different types of skin conditions and diseases. However, the program will only pay for occupational injuries; in other words, your condition must be caused by your regular work activities.
Here are a few common skin conditions that may be covered by workers’ comp:
- Dermatitis. Dermatitis is a general term for skin inflammation or irritation. This can be caused by short-term exposure to chemicals or work materials, or can be a chronic condition (such as eczema) due to constant hand washing or wearing gloves.
- Hives. Workers may suffer skin symptoms due to allergic or autoimmune reactions. Hives, rashes, and other work-related skin diseases can be brought on by work exposure, while stress can lead to itching and even hair loss if the work environment is physically or mentally demanding.
- Skin cancer. Employees who work outdoors for extended periods are at risk of developing skin cancer due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Sun exposure promotes abnormal skin cell growth such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, and without immediate intervention can create tumors and spread to major bodily systems.
How Can I Prove That My Condition Is Work-Related?
It can be very difficult for an employee to collect workers’ compensation for a skin ailment. In most cases, he or she will have to prove that there is a strong association between the condition and the workplace, and that the daily level of exposure is enough to cause the symptoms.
A work injury attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your claim, getting you maximum compensation for your medical bills and time off work. Call us today at (888) 348-2616 to ask us a question about your case, or order our free accident guide, How to Avoid Becoming a Work Injury Horror Story.