Occupational Disease

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Occupational Disease

A disease resulting from exposure during employment to conditions or substances that are detrimental to health (such as black lung disease contracted by miners).

An individual suffering from an occupational disease can seek compensation for his or her condition under Workers' Compensation statutes or such federal legislation as the Black Lung Benefits Act of 1972, 30 U.S.C.A. § 901 et seq. Worker's compensation statutes typically require that the worker contract the disease during the course of employment; that the disease be peculiar to the worker's job by virtue of how it is caused and manifested or how job conditions result in a particular hazard, unlike employment in general; and that there be a substantially greater risk of contracting the disease or condition on the job in a different, more serious manner, than in general public experiences.

occupational disease

n. an illness resulting from long-term employment in a particular type of work, such as black lung disease among miners, or cancer among asbestos installers. If the chances of being afflicted by such an illness are significantly higher than the average in the population then a former employee may receive benefits from Social Security or workmen's compensation for a work-related disability.

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This is a major victory for our clients and for victims of occupational diseases," said Rick Nemeroff, president and founder of The Nemeroff Law Firm.
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Opening a debate on the matter in Strasbourg, Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said: "The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work estimates that every year more than 140,000 people in the EU die from occupational diseases and nearly 9,000 die from work-related accidents.
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MM: One hundred and sixty five die every day from occupational diseases, 18 die every day from work-related injuries, 36,400 suffer non-fatal injuries, and 3,200 get ill from occupational diseases, every day.

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