Do you have a serious skin condition or disease? Do you work with dangerous
chemicals in your line of work? Do you think your skin condition might
be related to the work you perform or the environment you work in? If
so, you might be eligible to recover workers compensation benefits. Although
most people are aware that you can get workers’ comp for workplace
injuries like a slip and fall, many people do not realize that skin conditions
and diseases can also be covered under workers’ comp, as long as
you can prove that the condition or disease is related to the work you
perform. Below, we explain what you need to know about skin disorders
and filing for
What Kinds Of Skin Conditions Will Workers’ Comp Cover?
There is a large variety of skin conditions that can be caused by work
related activities, such as:
Dermatitis: Refers to the inflammation of the skin that sometimes causes symptoms
like minor redness and blistering with fluid discharge. While dermatitis
caused from minor
exposure to toxic chemicals can sometimes be cured, serious exposure cause more significant damage
to a worker’s skin. Dermatitis is often found in workers with jobs
that involve long-term exposure to chemicals or the constant use of water.
Hives: Sometimes called Urticaria, hives are a skin rash that can be caused by
allergic reactions to food, medication, or another type of irritant. Hives
are characterized by itchy, red, raised welts that appear on surface of
a person’s skin. This skin condition can appear for a few days or
it can last for weeks. Usually, hives come from over exposure to chemicals,
though it can also be caused by extreme physical or mental stress.
Skin Cancer: This form of cancer can be caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals or
excessive ultraviolet radiation. Basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous
cell carcinoma are common skin cancers that are often found in outdoor
industries like agriculture. These types of skin disorders can be very
expensive to treat.
Although you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits
for your skin condition, actually getting your employer’s insurer
to pay out can be more difficult than you might think. Workers’
compensation cases can be very complex and often become complicated, especially
if your claim is denied.
If you have developed a skin disorder and think it was caused or aggravated
by your work environment, you should immediately consult with our workers’
compensation attorney. At The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo &
Associates, PLLC, we focus on helping injured workers get the financial
compensation that they are entitled to. We have more than 10 years of
experience and we have successfully handled thousands of cases. Let us
put our skills and resources to work for you today.
Contact our San Antonio workers’ compensation lawyer
to get started on your free case evaluation.