What Is the Difference Between Occupational Injuries and Occupational Illnesses?

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Occupational injuries and illnesses can be devastating for workers in any job, but workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury claims can provide much-needed support.

Occupational injuries are usually related to a specific incident, such as a slip-and-fall accident. In contrast, occupational illnesses occur when a worker is continuously exposed to toxic chemicals or must perform repeated motions in a harmful work environment, for example.

What Is an Occupational Injury?

>An occupational injury typically results from an accident on the job that can be pinpointed with an exact date, time, and cause of the injury.

What Is an Occupational Illness?

An occupational illness is a chronic health issue or disease caused by long-term exposure on the job. An occupational illness usually occurs over time rather than a single identifiable event.

Common Types of Occupational Injuries and Occupational Illnesses

Common injuries sustained and illnesses contracted on the job differ depending on the worker’s industry and the nature of their job. However, someone in virtually any position could sustain any type of injury.

Some examples of common occupational injuries include:

Some examples of common occupational illnesses include:

Compensation for Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in NYC

The compensation available for an occupational injury or an occupational illness generally depends on the nature and severity of the injury or illness. 

You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you are an employee and the accident occurred while performing your job or the occupational illness arose from your work.

In New York, Labor Law 200 allows construction workers to sue their employers if they were working on dangerous or defective premises or if the accident resulted from how the employer had them perform the work. Additionally, if a construction worker was injured on the job during the process of repairing, demolishing, erecting, painting, or pointing a building using scaffolding, or if they fell while working, under Labor Law 240, they can sue property owners, contractors, and other responsible parties.

The laws are intricate and complicated, so it is crucial to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we are ready to evaluate your case and help you pursue maximum compensation.

Our NYC Occupational Illness and Workplace Injury Lawyers Want to Help You

Were you hurt on the job or became sick due to your harmful work environment? The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is here to help you. We have the experience and resources to handle all aspects of your case so you can focus on your health and recovery in the aftermath of a workplace injury or occupational illness. We have secured more than half a billion dollars for our clients and want to help you seek the maximum compensation you deserve.

Get started today with a free consultation with one of our NYC occupational illness and injury lawyers.

For over 40 years, David H. Perecman has distinguished himself as one of the leading personal injury lawyers in New York City, championing all types of personal injury cases including construction accidents, premises accidents, automobile accidents, and medical malpractice, along with employment discrimination, false arrest, and civil rights cases.