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Most Common Occupational Illnesses

Accidents in the workplace can happen when we least expect them, despite proper safety training and precautions. While some workplaces are more prone to accidents, including construction, factories, and other industrial environments, office workers can also suffer from injuries such as overexertion or repetitive stress injuries. Regardless of how you were injured, any type of work-related illness or injury is eligible for workers’ compensation. If you have been injured at work or suffered a disease, talk to an attorney about how to file a claim.

Below is a list of some of the most common workplace injuries that give rise to workers’ compensation claims.

Skin Disorders

Workers who are required to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time have a greater likelihood of having skin cancer. Examples of occupations that require outdoor work include roofers, construction workers, agricultural workers, and more.

Skin diseases can also be caused by exposure to dangerous and harsh chemicals. Painters, cleaners, mechanics, and construction workers are all examples of employees who are in contact with toxic chemicals daily.

Common skin diseases experienced by workers can include:

  • Eczema
  • Skin cancer
  • Skin infections
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Rashes
  • Ulcers
  • Skin inflammations

Respiratory Illnesses

Respiratory problems are common in occupations that are exposed to toxic chemicals. Many workers who work in an industrial setting or on construction sites breathe in dangerous chemicals every day, which can aggravate allergies or cause serious conditions such as mesothelioma.

Examples of respiratory conditions that may be covered under workers’ comp:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Pneumonitis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Occupational asthma
  • Silicosis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Hearing Loss

Workers who are around loud machinery and excessive noise throughout the day typically experience some type of hearing loss as they age. Despite the use of earmuffs or earbuds, hearing loss is still very common in jobs such as construction work is often accelerated by the exposure to noise.

You will need to undergo a hearing evaluation by a medical professional to help you determine the extent of your injury. In many cases, workers’ compensation may be able to cover the cost of a hearing aid.


Overexertion and injuries caused by strains are common across all industries. From healthcare workers who carry people or heavy objects daily to construction workers who haul heavy materials across construction sites, overexertion is considered one of the top reasons for workers’ comp claims. Workers in warehouses and factories who perform repetitive tasks are also at risk of overexertion.

Common injuries associated with overexertion:

  • Hernias
  • Leg injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shoulder and back injuries
  • Joint injuries

Experienced Orange County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you have been suffered an injury or had an accident at work, contact Humphrey & Associates and speak to our Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys to learn more about recovering compensation for your injuries. We can review the details of your case and help you determine whether you are eligible to file for workers’ compensation, personal injury, or both. Turn to our team for experienced guidance. Get started with a free consultation.