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Occupational Diseases

Has Your Job Made You Sick? Contact an Attorney.

If you have developed a disease due to your exposure to particular substances or situations in your workplace, you may be entitled to workers' compensation under Connecticut law. Occupational disease is a unique and complicated area of the law.

At the Law Offices of Ralph A. Russo, just outside Hartford, our experienced workers' compensation lawyers provide clients with personal attention. If you believe you may be suffering from an occupational disease, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Understanding Occupational Diseases

Certain types of jobs involve exposure to asbestos, chemical inhalants and other potentially dangerous substances. Repeated exposure to these substances can, in turn cause serious diseases, including but not limited to the following:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Contact dermatitis

In order for a disease to qualify as occupational, it needs to be statistically and causally related to your particular job. Catching a cold at work, for instance, is not an occupational disease, even if you can prove you wouldn't have gotten sick if you hadn't gone to work.

Identifying Your Illness, Documenting Your Claim

Most people who develop occupational diseases do not just wake up one day and realize that they are sick. Even once you do realize you have an illness, it may take time before you notice a connection between your illness and your occupation.

For these reasons, Connecticut law gives you three years to file a workers' compensation claim after you knew or should have known about an occupational illness. However, these illnesses are still difficult to prove, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Our lead attorney, Ralph A. Russo, is board certified as a Connecticut Workers' Compensation Specialist. He has experience helping clients receive compensation for occupational diseases. Contact us today to discuss your case. We do not charge attorney's fees unless we help you get compensation.

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