Many substances used or present at job sites may be harmful to your health. Substances such as asbestos or asbestos-containing products cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Other substances such as benzene and solvents containing benzene have been associated with the development of certain types of leukemia and lymphoma.
Workers in the aluminum manufacturing industry, paving, and roofing are at risk of exposure to coal tar, which has been associated with the development of lung, skin (non-melanoma), bladder, and kidney cancers.
In addition, there are many other documented examples of specific types of workplace exposures to chemicals and substances that can cause debilitating cancers and other diseases.
If you have been diagnosed with a serious disease or cancer and believe it may have been caused by exposure to harmful chemicals, solvents, or substances on the job, you may want to seek legal assistance to determine and protect your legal rights. In many cases, the law may allow you to pursue legal remedies including monetary damages to compensate you and your family for the devastating effects of an occupational disease.
Under North Carolina law, in many cases, you must file a claim against your employer within two years of the injury or you will be barred from bringing your claim. There are other time limits that can apply to limit or cut off your legal remedies. For all of these reasons, it is critical that you seek qualified legal assistance if you believe that you may have a claim for disease or injury.
At Wallace & Graham, our workers’ compensation attorneys have many years of experience with occupational disease claims and will strive to get you the benefits you deserve. Our law firm is recognized for its expertise and experience in bringing workers’ compensation claims and we have helped clients obtain justice and the benefits they deserve across our State.
If you suffer from a serious disease or cancer as a result of an occupational exposure, you may be entitled to:
- Payment of medical expenses
- Lump sum payment
- Attendant care
- Other legally allowed damages
Finding the appropriate forms and knowing how to proceed with a workers’ compensation claim can be a daunting experience. Our lawyers are here to help. We can assist you in obtaining the benefits you deserve.