Pascagoula Attorneys Help Clients Obtain Compensation for Work-related Illnesses
Mississippi lawyers strive to prove connections between jobs and diseases
Having a job is usually essential to the economic well-being of yourself and your immediate family. However, some jobs are dangerous to employees’ health, leading to illnesses that can render them unable to work and causing them to suffer for years or a lifetime. If you suffer from a work-related illness, the respected Mississippi attorneys of Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick in Pascagoula have the experience, skill and determination you need to take on your employer and its insurance company. From there, we will make every legal effort to win the compensation you deserve.
Types of work-related illnesses
Work conditions can give rise to a number of different illnesses, such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome — Office workers and others frequently experience numbness, weakness and tingling in their hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition can be caused by repetitive wrist motions, such as typing, assembly line manufacturing or the use of vibrating tools.
- Tendinitis — Inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a fiber that connects muscle to bone, is referred to as tendinitis, and occurs most commonly at the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee or heel. It may be caused by work involving repetitive movements, awkward positions, reaching overhead frequently, vibrations and forceful exertions, although a sudden trauma to the body can also cause it.
- Respiratory illnesses — Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung illnesses may be caused by breathing in dust, silicon, asbestos, fibers and other toxic substances present in the air of your workplace.
- Cancer — Many job sites expose employees to a wide range of carcinogens, such as industrial chemicals, metals and radiation. These cancer-causing substances can be absorbed either through the air or direct contact.
- Mesothelioma — A particularly aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma frequently affects construction workers, shipbuilders and others who worked on projects when the substance was still used commonly.
Our personal injury attorneys are experienced and have helped many Mississippians to win compensation from their employers for work-related illnesses.
Causes of work-related illnesses
Each of these work-related illnesses may have a number of potential causes. These include:
- Poor working conditions — Unventilated buildings, lack of sanitation and exposure to toxic substances could trigger a serious or even fatal, medical problem.
- Defective equipment — Without the right equipment, you could experience harmful repetitive movements, excessive vibrations or other types of physical stress that wear your body down over time.
- Lax safety protocols — Federal and state authorities require specific safety measures to protect employees performing certain jobs. Failure to honor these standards increases the chances of exposure and illness.
Sometimes, the nature of the work itself can be inherently hazardous, but that’s no excuse for your employer not to take reasonable precautions to protect your health. As part of representing you, we identify and present evidence to show that your illness is work-related, so that we can demonstrate your entitlement to workers’ compensation. We might also identify other potentially liable parties, such as the designers, manufacturers and suppliers of defective equipment and products your employer uses, and seek personal injury damages from them as well.
Call an experienced Mississippi work-related illness attorney today for a consultation
At Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we advocate for Mississippians who suffer work-related medical conditions. If you suspect that your illness might qualify, you can schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys by calling 866-461-1591 or contacting us online.