Stephen Hasner | Workers' Compensation | October 13, 2023
In our ever-evolving world, the concept of workplace safety has made tremendous strides over the years. Yet, even with stringent regulations and improved safety measures, the risk of occupational diseases still looms large in many industries. Occupational diseases, often referred to as work-related illnesses, are health conditions that individuals acquire as a direct result of their employment. These conditions can range from respiratory problems caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals to musculoskeletal disorders resulting from repetitive tasks.
Hasner Law is a trusted partner dedicated to advocating for workers suffering from workplace-related illnesses. Don’t let the burden of medical bills and lost wages weigh you down—take action today. Contact Hasner Law for a consultation and let us help you navigate the legal complexities, ensuring you receive the compensation and support you need to regain your health and financial stability. Your well-being is our priority.
Understanding Occupational Diseases
Occupational diseases are a significant concern for both employees and employers in Georgia. These illnesses, often caused by exposure to hazardous materials or conditions in the workplace, can have serious and long-lasting effects on a person’s health and well-being. In Georgia, there are legal provisions in place to protect the rights of workers who suffer from occupational diseases.
In Georgia, the term “occupational disease” is defined by the Workers’ Compensation Act, specifically in O.C.G.A. § 34-9-280. According to this statute, an occupational disease is defined as an illness or condition which is due to causes and conditions which are characteristic of and peculiar to a particular trade, occupation, process, or employment and to exclude all ordinary diseases of life to which the general public is exposed.
Key elements of this definition include:
- Work-relatedness: The disease must be directly related to the individual’s work, with specific causes and conditions associated with their job.
- Characteristics of the trade or occupation: The disease should be uniquely associated with a particular job or industry.
- Exclusion of Ordinary Diseases: Common illnesses that the general public might encounter are not considered occupational diseases under this definition.
In Georgia, employees who believe they have contracted an occupational disease due to their work-related activities should follow specific reporting procedures:
- Notice to the employer: The injured worker should promptly notify their employer of the illness, typically within 30 days of the diagnosis.
- Filing a claim: The worker should file a workers’ compensation claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. The claim must be submitted within one year from the date the occupational disease was diagnosed or within one year from the date the worker reasonably should have known about the disease’s relationship to their employment.
Occupational diseases are a serious concern in Georgia workplaces, and the state has established legal provisions to protect the rights of workers affected by these illnesses. Legal representation and expert guidance are often crucial for employees navigating the complexities of occupational disease claims in Georgia.
Contact Our Skilled Occupational Disease Attorney Today
Understanding occupational diseases and your legal rights in Georgia is paramount to ensuring that you or your loved ones receive the support and compensation you deserve in the face of these challenging circumstances. Hasner Law stands ready to be that guiding light, with a dedicated team of experts specializing in navigating the complexities of occupational disease cases. Your health and financial well-being are worth fighting for, and Hasner Law is here to help you every step of the way.
Don’t let an occupational disease stand between you and the justice you deserve. Take the next step toward securing your future by contacting Hasner Law today. Our experienced attorneys are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring you receive the compensation and support necessary to rebuild your life. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Your well-being matters, and we are here to make a difference in your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation by filling out our contact form or calling (678) 928-8784.