You work around children at a daycare clinic. Many of the children are newborns or toddlers and have not received vaccinations to prevent contagious illnesses. Perhaps you work as a nurse or doctor, and you become exposed to serious illnesses on a daily basis. In either situation, due to your unsafe work environment, you may have the ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your expenses.
Most employers in Illinois must carry workers’ compensation insurance, so that if their employees face injury, their insurance can cover expenses. Yet many individuals do not know that if their job exposed them to serious illness, their employer’s insurance also may prove liable to pay for your related expenses. To receive accurate compensation for your injuries, it is important to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney, so that he or she can help provide the best evidence in your quest for reimbursement.
Compensation benefits for illnesses
Occupational diseases include illnesses that cause you harm due to your work. For a teacher or a physician, this could mean the spread of infectious diseases to your body, stopping you from working for a period of time. Benefits of workers’ compensation in Illinois for these illnesses are paid regardless of whether it was your fault that you held a child, got close to a patient or came in contact with an infected individual due to your job.
A court can award you compensation for the following expenses.
- Medical costs
- Temporary disability
- Rehabilitative care
- Permanent disability
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illnesses like the following are common, and those exposed can reimbursement for their expenses and related lost wages.
- Infectious diseases
Because it may prove difficult to prove that the illness was obtained through regular working conditions of your job, you may want to speak with an experienced attorney. He or she will help you identify all necessary documents and create a sound case for your reimbursement. Especially since cases must prove severe enough to require compensation, you want to keep all documents related to your illness to present them in court.