Some people may work directly with this materials and substances, or may have been exposed to them because their employer did not follow the proper safety regulations. However the exposure occurred, it can have serious health consequences. Examples of occupational diseases include cancer, heart disease, asbestosis, asthma, skin diseases and lead poisoning.
Dealing With an Occupational Disease Can be a Medical and Legal Challenge
Unfortunately, occupational diseases are often not detected until they are fairly advanced and the worker begins feeling ill. Aggressive treatment may be required that also takes a toll on the worker's health. He or she may be left unable to work for some time - or even permanently, in some cases.
In Mississippi, workers suffering from occupational diseases are eligible for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits cover all reasonable and necessary medical treatments for the illness. In addition, the worker is eligible for partial wages while unable to return to work. But actually getting these benefits can be complicated. Employers and insurance companies can challenge the benefits and sometimes pressure workers to return to work even though they are still recovering.
We Fight For You
That's why you need a workers' compensation attorney to fight for your rights. We are based in Jackson and serve all workers in Mississippi. Our lawyers can build a strong case built on evidence that proves your disease was work-related. We can also establish that you require a course of treatment and will fight against any attempts to force you to return to your job early.
Attorneys Jonathan Tabor and Leigh-Ann Tabor have a thorough knowledge of workers' compensation law and know how the system works in the state. They have dealt with the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission many times. In fact, the commission's office is just minutes away from our office. And we have faced off against commissioners and judges many times in disputes over benefits. We also successfully fight for injured workers in court.
If you suffer from an occupation disease, learn more about how we can help you with your workers' compensation claim. Contact us today. Call (601) 944-9588 for a free consultation.