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Occupational disease: Asbestos exposure threaten auto mechanics

Asbestos can cause severe illness, and many workers in Colorado and other states suffer life-threatening consequences after exposure. Some authorities believe previous studies minimized the risk of asbestos to "brake workers" in the automotive industry. Mesothelioma is an occupational disease that can be caused by asbestos exposure. When workers inhale asbestos fibers, it can cause pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma -- cancers of the lung and abdominal linings. Other potential health problems include asbestosis and lung cancer.

Occupational disease: The hazards of outdoor work in winter

Winter weather in Colorado can hold many dangers for workers who spend most of their working hours outside. Exposure to extreme cold can cause occupational disease and injuries that could be life threatening. One of the most severe results of exposure is hypothermia, and the seriousness of the condition depends on the amount of time the worker was exposed. When an employee's body temperature drops below a certain level, it affects the victim's brain, in turn affecting his or her ability to focus and move properly.

Workers' compensation: Who is covered, and what is compensable?

Workplace injuries are suffered by Colorado workers every day -- regardless of the industries in which people are employed. While all employees likely know about workers' compensation, there may be many questions about the insurance program. Knowledge about who is eligible to claim benefits and which injuries or illnesses are covered is important. Every injury and its circumstances are unique, and the appropriate person to consult with is an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

Fall from ladder causes severe workplace injury

Workers in almost all industries in Colorado and other states are exposed to fall hazards. Workplace injuries caused by falls constitute a significant percentage of violations for which federal authorities cite companies, and still yet workers are sent to work at heights without fall protection. One such workplace injury is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Workers' rights: Is a recommended light duty program optional?

Most Colorado workers know that they are covered by the workers' compensation insurance fund, but they may be unfamiliar with the intricacies of the coverage. Workplace injuries that cause workers to lose money due to their inability to work while recuperating are typically of high concern. It is not uncommon for a treating physician to declare that a worker is fit to perform light duty tasks, and work restrictions will be specified. The experienced attorneys at Weddell & Haller can help injured employees with understanding their workers' rights.

Chemical that causes occupational disease may affect welders

Workers in Colorado and elsewhere are often exposed to hazardous chemicals. Those who are employed in industries where stainless steel and chromium alloy steel are welded will be exposed to dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium if they are not protected. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says hexavalent chromium is formed by welding steel that contains chromium metal, and exposure can lead to an occupational disease.

Workers have a right to be protected against occupational disease

While regulators warn consumers about the dangers of diacetyl, an additive used by manufacturers to flavor a variety of foods and drinks, workers in the factories where the flavorings are used are exposed to similar and often more dangerous health hazards. Company owners of facilities in Colorado that manufacture consumables are responsible for protecting their workers from health hazards. Hazardous chemicals are often used as enhancers of the natural scent and flavor of foods and may lead to occupational disease that could potentially be deadly.

Denied claims for workers' compensation payback may be challenged

Colorado workers who have suffered workplace injuries may suffer anxiety due to financial challenges following the accident. In addition to mounting medical bills, the lack of income during the recuperation area may be distressing. In the event of denied claims, injured workers may challenge the decision of the insurer, but this will likely need the assistance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

Questions and answers about workers' compensation in Colorado

Those who live and work in Colorado may, at some point, find themselves in a position in which they would need to utilize workers' compensation benefits. While state laws regarding workers' compensation may seem straightforward, some may feel the coverage they receive isn't sufficient for the work-related injury or illness they have suffered. In this week's post, we are going to cover some common questions and answers about workers' compensations benefits.

When an employee suspects occupational disease

Occupational disease can place an employee at serious risk if they discover they have been exposed and fall ill. Medical expenses can add up quickly and may cause financial strain if a worker does not receive benefits through their employer to help cover the cost of treatment. A Colorado employee that believes they have developed an occupational disease while working may have many concerns and questions.