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Laws help address exposure to carcinogens by firefighters

Getting up and going to work is a fairly routine task for those in Ohio and elsewhere. While some workers may be heading to an office, others are going to a more dangerous work environment. When a workplace presents more hazards, a worker is exposed to more risks. Take firefighters, for example. This career holds many risks, which includes interacting with fire and smoke. Overtime, these dangers in the work environment could present health risks.

Workplace could cause mental illness

For many individuals in Ohio and elsewhere, work gives them purpose. While a career is necessary for most individuals, it can be a source of more than just an income. However, work can also have negative impacts on workers, such as the cause of mental illness. This can be extremely overwhelming, as mental health problems could make it challenging to handle a daily routine and even be able to work.

Getting workers' compensation for a workplace illness

In order to pay for basic living needs, most people obtain employment. Whether it is a well-paying job or not, these funds are considered crucial for living. This means that when income is significantly reduced or stopped, problems can arise. While many workers in Ohio and elsewhere do not consider the possibility of no longer being able to work because of their work environment, the reality is that this often happens. A worker suffers a work-related illness, causing them to require significant medical attention.

ADA protections for mental illness in the workplace

In the U.S., about 18 percent of individuals report a mental illness in any given month, making psychiatric disability one of the top reported. Workers with mental illness, or a history of mental illness, are provided workplace rights and legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Common occupational diseases suffered by workers

When individuals in Ohio and elsewhere go to work, they expect to complete their work duties and get paid for them. People do not expect the act of working to cause them actual harm. In other words, workers do not often consider the possibility of suffering a serious illness from the work environment. Unfortunately, this occurs to many workers, causing people to question what options they have when a workplace accident leaves them unable to work.

What are the signs and symptoms of black lung disease?

As previous posts here have highlighted, occupational illnesses can impact workers in Ohio suddenly. These illnesses can be severe, resulting in ongoing medical care. In some cases, this means missing an extended period of time from work, as it takes time to address these medical problems. However, even with ongoing medical treatment, some employees miss too much work, causing financial harms.

Workplace illnesses and black lung disease

While Ohio has a wide variety of work industries and environments, one profession that is often thought of is mining. While this is a vital role in the U.S., it is also a line of work that could present many health and safety dangers to workers. Take, for example, black lung disease. Miners are often forced to breathe in harmful contaminates and, over time, could develop a serious condition.

Mental illness problems and the workplace

Unfortunately, we all get ill from time to time. In most cases, it is a minor situation that is easily resolved with over-the-counter remedies and some rest. Unfortunately, workers in Ohio and elsewhere suffer illnesses from a wide range of situations, including conditions in their workplace. This could cause the worker to lose time from work as he or she recovers. While many are aware of some well-documented occupational diseases such as lung disease, there are other serious workplace illnesses that do not get as much attention, including mental illnesses.

Understanding workplace depression

When we think of illnesses related to the workplace, we tend to think of illnesses related to exposures to chemicals or minerals, such as asbestos and coal. However, there are other types of workplace illnesses that some individuals in Ohio and elsewhere do not automatically associate with the workplace. For example, depression and anxiety can be serious mental health problems, and the work environment could cause them.

What is black lung disease?

As a previous post discussed, some employees in Ohio and elsewhere are faced with serious dangers in the workplace. One of these is an occupational illness. For coal miners, this means working in an environment that could be detrimental to one's health. Over time, a miner could develop an illness known as black lung disease. If such a diagnosis occurs, a worker could need a lot of medical attention, even missing work for an extended period of time.