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Occupational Diseases

If you've been injured at the workplace, we can help

Some jobs involve exposure to hazardous materials or conditions that can have serious effects on a worker's health. These effects are called occupational diseases, and they can leave people very ill and unable to continue working. The occupational disease attorneys at Lourie Law Firm can help these injured employees get the workers' compensation benefits they need and deserve.

Unlike other types of workplace injuries, occupational diseases develop over time. As part of his or her job, a worker may be consistently exposed to certain hazards or conditions- for example, toxic chemicals, dust, smoke or radiation. Serious health problems can develop after years of this exposure. Some of the occupational diseases seen in many workers include:

  • Cancer
  • Respiratory illness (such as asthma and asbestosis)
  • Skin disease (such as dermatitis)

Occupational disease is seen in workers in the fields of manufacturing, construction, mining, farming and food production. But it can occur at any job in which a worker has long-term exposure to hazardous materials or conditions.

If you have developed an occupational disease that is related to your job, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. But, it can be difficult to prove that an occupational disease was directly related to the workplace. The experienced lawyers at Lourie Law Firm know how to build a strong case that can help you file a successful claim.

Fighting for workers

It should be simple. A worker gets hurt on the job. A claim is filed and the worker sees a doctor, who prescribes treatment. The worker focuses on getting better, while workers' compensation benefits cover the costs of medical expenses and lost wages. But it is rarely that simple, especially in cases involving occupational disease.

That's why you need an experienced attorney who will fight for your rights. One who knows the South Carolina workers' compensation laws inside and out. A lawyer that will stand by you every step of the way to help you get the benefits that you need-and deserve. Your employer and their insurance carrier have lawyers to make their case. We can help you make yours.

Our legal team will gather the evidence that proves your occupational disease was work-related. We'll make sure you fill out the proper paperwork and meet all filing deadlines. We'll help you get a second opinion, if needed. And if your claim is denied, we'll be there for you, making your case at all appeals and hearings.

The Lourie Law Firm fights for the rights of workers. We offer the personal attention of a small firm, with the resources of a much larger one. Our attorneys are focused on getting the best possible results for our clients.

If you are suffering from an occupational disease, take steps to file a claim for the benefits you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We'll go over the details of your case and explain your options.