Occupational Exposure Diseases Covered by Minnesota Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation does more than provide benefits for workers injured in the “traditional sense.” That is, falls, amputations, repetitive use injuries…etc. It also pays benefits if you suffer from an “occupational exposure disease.”

What Is an Occupational Exposure Disease?

Unlike a many workplace injuries, an occupational exposure disease occurs gradually over time. However, some workers don’t even realize that a disease such as a chronic skin condition or respiratory illness can develop through exposure to a substance in the workplace. Generally, to be considered occupational exposure, the conditions in the workplace must place you at greater risk to the illness than the general public. Furthermore, the illness must be confirmed by a medical diagnosis.

Workplace conditions that may cause disease include exposure to toxic chemicals; dust, gases or fumes; extreme noises or temperature changes; physical vibrations, constant pressure and use; repetitive motions; radiation or radioactive rays; and disease-causing organisms.

Examples of Occupational Exposure Illnesses

Examples of occupational exposure diseases may include:

  • Lead, mercury, phosphorus or arsenic poisoning
  • Poisoning by benzol, gasoline, benzine, naphtha, carbon bisulphide, wood alcohol, carbon dioxide or potassium cyanide
  • Infection or skin conditions caused by contact with oils, compounds lubricants, dust, liquids, fumes, gases or vapors
  • Brass, zinc, manganese or radium poisoning
  • Bursitis
  • Ulceration of the skin or nasal passages
  • Berylliosis
  • Cardiovascular pulmonary or respiratory illness (if you are a firefighter or police officer)
  • Silicosis and asbestosis
  • Diseases of the respiratory tract caused by exposure to dust
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow and bursitis
  • Anthrax
  • Glanders

If you think your workplace has caused you an occupational exposure disease, the law firm of Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office in Mankato, Minnesota, offers an initial consultation to explain your rights and your options | 507-625-5000.