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Shedding light on common occupational diseases in California

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Workers' Compensation, Workplace Injuries

An occupational disease stems from work exposure and can aggravate preexisting health conditions. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation payments if your employer was negligent. To start, be sure that you save all documentation that connects your symptoms with potential work-related causes. Here are a few common occupational illnesses that workers in California could experience.

Respiratory illnesses

These include COPD, lung disease, and asthma. Many chemicals lead to asthma, making it the most common lung disease. It is more prevalent in the foam, plastic, and auto parts manufacturing industries. One significant cause of asthma is sensitizing agents or irritants.


Though rare, mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects your lungs, abdomen, or heart lining. The leading cause is exposure to inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers. Hence, it is more common in industries dealing with asbestos-containing materials. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you develop mesothelioma after working in one of these industries.

Hearing loss

This is also becoming a common work-related condition in the United States. Workers exposed to noisy environments like construction sites and factories are at higher risk. Isolated events like explosions can lead to complete hearing loss. Although protective gear helps, prolonged exposure might lead to partial hearing loss.

Skin diseases

If you’re exposed to radiation and other hazardous substances, you’ll likely suffer from skin disease. Occupational skin diseases cause symptoms ranging from skin irritation to skin cancer. You may be entitled to a settlement from your employer if you navigate the proper channels. You may be able to recoup the costs of medical costs, weekly income, or death benefits to dependents.

Occupational diseases are significant concerns for many workers. Those working in manufacturing, construction and healthcare industries are at a higher risk. Therefore, employers must implement necessary preventive measures to safeguard their workers. Workers should also take the necessary precautions to minimize such incidences.