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Is Your Job Making You Sick? Work-related Illness and the Law

Is your job making you sick? Most people don’t realize that Workers’ Compensation also covers work-related illness and occupational diseases. Even though it may have been years since you last worked, if your workplace environment caused you hearing loss or an exposure you had years earlier has now developed into cancer, you may have a Workers’ Compensation claim. But you need to act quickly in order to pursue the benefits that you may be entitled to receive. If you have suffered a job-related illness in Tennessee, you are entitled to free medical care and an assessment of your vocational disability due to the occupational disease.

The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto help victims of work-related illnesses claim all of the benefits they deserve under our State’s Workers’ Compensation laws. If your job has made you sick, we offer a free initial consultation to explain the law and answer your questions.

What is an Occupational Disease?

An occupational disease can be any physical or mental illness or condition that is related to your employment. Examples include:

  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome resulting from a robbery or assault at work
  • Heart attack brought on from physical exertion on the job
  • Cancer caused by exposure to radiation or beryllium
  • Lung or skin diseases caused by exposure to coal dust or other hazardous materials
  • Hearing loss caused by loud noises in the workplace
  • Illness caused by exposure to chemicals such as PCB
Need Help?

If you think you have an occupational illness, contact The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto as soon as possible to collect and preserve evidence that your illness is job-related. The Workers’ Compensation insurance adjuster is unlikely to accept your claim without the assistance of an experienced attorney. To protect your rights to compensation, call The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto today to discuss your case.

For more information on workplace safety in Tennessee, visit the Occupational Safety and Health page on the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

If your job is making you sick, call (865) 691-2777 in Knoxville or East Tennessee to set up an initial consultation to discuss your work related diseases or injuries, or reach us through our convenient online form.

Client Reviews
"We tried to go through the insurance company ourselves, but they basically just laughed at us. So I got in touch with The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. The insurance company's attitude really changed, and within a week we had our car replaced and rehabilitation going for my wife. The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto stuck in there and fought for us." J. Felver
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