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Compensation for New Jersey work-related illnesses

New Jersey officials monitor the health status of workers each year. Data collected clarifies which employees carry the highest risks of on-the-job injuries and illnesses. The information helps identify occupational illnesses and influences state and national health policies and resource distribution.

State health officials learned asbestos was linked with more than 90 percent of worker pneumoconiosis hospitalizations between 2000 and 2010. Pneumoconiosis, including silicosis and asbestosis, are lung diseases caused by prolonged inhalation of metallic or mineral dust. New Jersey's rate of malignant mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, was significantly higher than the national rate during the same period.

Bergen County employees, who become ill because of substances or conditions in the workplace, have a right to file workers' compensation claims. The benefits cover medical costs and wage losses associated with work-related illnesses and death. Monetary relief also is available for pre-existing health problems, like allergies and asthma, worsened by conditions at work.

An attorney isn't required to file claims with employers for occupational illnesses. However, lawyers understand the exacting requirements for claim filings and potential pitfalls, like denial of benefits and benefit suspensions before an employee is healthy enough to go back to work. Attorneys employ medical experts to review cases and secure evidence to support workers' claims.

Medical bills aren't the only concern for victims of occupational illnesses. Workers' compensation benefits don't provide full replacement of a wage earner's pay. For many families, a partial loss of income creates a tremendous financial hardship.

Lawyers help harmed workers recover compensation from every possible source – some that workers may not realize are available -- like Social Security disability and other government benefits, plus damages from negligent third-party civil claims.

Health problems are burdens often requiring total personal effort. You and your family shouldn't have to shoulder additional, unnecessary financial problems, too. Attorneys can relieve some of the stress associated with an occupational illness.

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