Workers’ Compensation for Occupational Diseases in North Carolina: Are You Covered?

March 28 , 2024

We understand that occupational disease benefits are crucial, and obtain financial aid and support for North Carolina workers who have developed illnesses or health conditions due to their employment.

Workers’ Compensations

At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys help ensure workers throughout the state have access to important benefits after exposure to harmful conditions, or repetitive workplace tasks.

Here, we discuss who is covered by workers’ compensation in North Carolina when occupational diseases, illnesses, and health conditions change our clients’ lives.

Which Occupational Diseases, Illnesses, and Health Conditions Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act provides coverage for a wide range of work-related injuries and illnesses, including occupational diseases. Benefits may cover various health conditions directly caused or aggravated by workplace exposures or conditions.

They may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hearing Loss.
  • Infectious Diseases.
  • Mental Health Conditions, such as PTSD.
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders, such as Tendonitis, Synovitis, or Overuse Injuries.
  • Occupational Cancers.
  • Respiratory Diseases.

It is important to note that specific diseases or conditions are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they have medical evidence and a causal relationship between the disease and the workplace. During a free consultation, we can examine the supporting evidence to help build your case for success.

Are All North Carolina Workers Eligible to Pursue Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Occupational Diseases, Illnesses, and Health Conditions?

Most employees in North Carolina are covered by workers’ compensation, including full-time and part-time workers, temporary workers, seasonal workers, and certain independent contractors. However, some exceptions, such as certain agricultural workers, domestic workers, and casual employees, may not be covered under the state’s workers’ compensation laws.

To qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for an occupational disease in North Carolina, there must be a direct causal relationship between the employee’s employment and the development of the disease. The disease must arise out of and be in the course of employment, meaning that it must be caused or aggravated by workplace exposures or conditions.

What Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits are Available for Occupational Diseases?

Workers’ compensation benefits for occupational diseases in North Carolina cover medical expenses, including doctor visits, hospitalization, surgery, prescription medications, and rehabilitation services related to treating the disease. Additionally, eligible employees may receive disability benefits for lost wages if they are temporarily or permanently unable to work due to occupational disease, as well as monetary compensation for permanent injury.

Have You Developed an Occupational Disease from Work in North Carolina?

Our dedicated Mecklenburg County workers’ compensation law firm provides free consultations to all employees who have suffered a workplace injury in North Carolina, including occupational diseases, illnesses, and health conditions, by calling 704-376-1616 or contacting us online.

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