Does workers’ comp cover occupational illnesses and diseases?

Yes, workers’ comp does cover occupational illnesses and diseases. This includes illnesses and diseases caused by exposure to hazardous materials, such as asbestos or chemical fumes, as well as any illnesses or diseases caused by repetitive motions or as a result of the employee’s work environment. However, in order to receive workers’ comp benefits for an occupational disease, it is important for the worker to effectively demonstrate that their condition occurred in the course of employment and not as a result of separate activities outside of work.


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