Common Occupational Diseases and Illnesses

Most know workers’ compensation is available to those who suffer an injury at work. But did you also know that developing a work-related illness or disease may also entitle you to workers’ comp benefits? For a look into some of the most common occupational diseases and illnesses, read on.

Lung Diseases and Conditions

Lung diseases and conditions are some of the more serious types of occupational disease or illnesses that a worker can develop. Occupational lung diseases, according to the American Lung Association, are caused by repeated or extended exposure to an irritating or toxic substance.

Some occupational lung conditions for which a worker may be at risk are below. 

  • Occupational asthma
  • Asbestosis
  • Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Silicosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Sick building syndrome


Workers who perform duties in conditions with poor ventilation or hazardous or toxic substances are more likely to develop a lung disease or condition. Lung diseases and conditions can be very expensive to treat, resulting in costly medical bills. More than that, though, lung diseases can be debilitating and severe, and can result in death.

Skin Diseases

Skin diseases are another common type of work-related condition that a worker may develop. Skin diseases or conditions can be caused by exposure to chemicals, as well as overexposure to sunlight. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.

As a result to chemical or sun exposure, a worker may develop eczema, sunburn, skin cancer, chemical burns, and more.

Those most at risk for contracting a skin disease or condition include workers in the following industries. 

  • Food service
  • Hairdressing
  • Cosmetics
  • Nail Salons
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Mechanics
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Health care  


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by compression of the median nerve located within the carpal tunnel, a small tunnel within the wrist. As inflammation increases, the pressure on the nerve simultaneously increases, resulting in pain that is often severe and debilitating.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by excessive use of the hands/wrist over time, especially for repetitive tasks. Workers who are forced to hold vibrating objects, such as a jackhammer, have an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel.

Workers at risk for carpal tunnel are listed below. 

  • Assembly line workers
  • Typists
  • Office workers


Carpal tunnel may require surgery to correct, although nonsurgical treatments may also be used, according to the American Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

A Worker’s Rights Following an Occupational Disease or Illness

If you’re a worker in the state of Florida who has sustained or developed an occupational disease, illness, or condition, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. If your disease or illness was a result of your job, then you are entitled to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and death benefits when applicable.

In order to help you get the maximum amount of benefits available under the law, set up a consultation with a workplace injury attorney at Chalik & Chalik.

If you need a legal advocate now, the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik are ready to help, and are passionate about getting you the money you deserve. To file a claim for benefits now, call us today at 855-529-0269.