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Occupational Diseases: Overuse and Toxic Exposure

Normally, there must be a specific event of injury to file a workers' compensation claim. Nevertheless, some injuries or illnesses occur over time from repetitive motions or from workplace exposure to chemicals and other toxic substances.

Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law, PLLC, can capably handle your occupational disease claim, a specific area of benefit under the workers' compensation laws. We represent workers in the Winston-Salem area and surrounding counties of North Carolina. Contact us today for a free case evaluation with our experienced lawyer.

Workers' Compensation Occupational Diseases

Certain types of work-related claims are considered to be occupational diseases under the workers' comp statute, including:

  • Toxic exposure — This category covers a wide range of possible illnesses, including lung ailments (like those caused by exposure to asbestos or fiberglass), brain damage, skin disorders, chronic fatigue or other illness. The illness can result from inhaling chemical fumes, dust or fibers or other contact with hazardous substances in the course of employment.
  • Repetitive stress injuries — Overuse damage can result from repeated motions required for the job, such as reaching overhead, bending and lifting, typing and cutting. Common claims include carpal tunnel syndrome affecting the wrists, rotator cuff injuries to shoulders, acute knee injuries, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and other disability (including arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis) in joints and soft tissues.

Attorney Celeste Harris is both a former nurse and a Board-certified workers compensation specialist with over 25 years of experience. She knows how to document claims to prove that the pain is caused by a specific job duty or known exposure.

Once qualified, benefits for occupational disease are the same as for "regular" claims for temporary disability or permanent disability. Ms. Harris can help with your initial application and fight for your rights if your claim is rejected.

Call our Winston-Salem office at 336-777-1411 or 877-230-9100 (toll free) for a free initial consultation. You can also send us an e-mail if that is more convenient for you. We handle occupational disease cases on a contingency fee basis — we take no attorney fees unless we succeed in getting you benefits or a settlement.

See our Workers' Comp Frequently Asked Questions

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