Occupational Disease

New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Hudson County - Bergen County - Passaic County

An occupational disease is a work-related illness or condition that was created by exposure to things in the environment in your workplace. For example:

  • Lung diseases, such as asbestosis, interstitial fibrosis, or mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos
  • Lung diseases, such as silicosis or lung cancer from exposure to silica dust in construction, stone cutting, mining, demolition work, concrete work, foundries or shipyards
  • Cancer from exposure to pesticide, herbicide or other chemical exposure
  • Chronic bronchitis from exposure to smoke, dust, and chemicals
  • Hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (a repetitive stress injury, or RSI) from exposure to vibration

You can also recover workers compensation for a health condition that was pre-existing but has worsened as a result of exposure to things in your work environment. For example, reactive airway disease (asthma) or allergies may worsen from exposure to paint fumes, detergents and cleaners, cigarette smoke or perfumes.

In cases of worsened health, it is essential to prove that the pre-existing medical condition had been under control and that the workplace environment seriously aggravated the condition so it is no longer in control. In the case of asthma, it would be necessary to prove that you had more asthma attacks or required more medication.

If you are suffering from an occupational illness, the lawyers at Parisi & Gerlanc are prepared to help you get the compensation you are entitled to from the workers compensation system.

We employ a medical specialist on staff to review all files and medical treatments. Our team includes administrative staff whose sole function is to ensure paperwork is completed correctly and on time. With more than 25 years of experience in this area, we understand the challenges of proving the cause of an occupational illness. Lawyers at Parisi & Gerlanc are prepared to investigate your case in order to secure just compensation for you.

If your disability continues for more than 12 months, we can help you prepare your application for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI.

Has the "independent" doctor told you you're ready to go back to work, but you and your doctor disagree? We regularly handle motions for continuation of medical treatment after an insurance company has denied treatment.

Contact the New Jersey workers compensation attorneys at Parisi & Gerlanc for comprehensive, thorough, and knowledgeable representation for your occupational illness case. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you through this difficult time.

The law firm of Parisi & Gerlanc provides legal services to injured people in Hackensack, NJ and Hudson County, Bergen County, and Passaic County, including the towns of Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook, Englewood, Bergenfield, Ridgefield, Ramsey, Hoboken, Paterson, Paramus, Jersey City, Newark, Leonia , Teaneck, Hasbrouck Heights, Midland Park, Montvale, Allendale, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Oakland, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Mahwah, Newark, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Westwood, Oradell, Bergenfield, Ridgefield, Lyndhurst, Ruther