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Occupational Disease

Thousands of workers in Pennsylvania are employed in distinctly blue-collar industries that involve jobs with daily exposure to dangerous chemicals or substances. As a result, many employees are later diagnosed with serious and potentially fatal diseases that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Asbestosis
  • Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (CWP or Black Lung Disease)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Leukemia
  • Lung Disease
  • Mesothelioma
  • Skin Cancer
  • Silicosis
  • Tuberculosis

People who are diagnosed with these types of diseases can face enormous medical bills and require significant assistance for all of their daily living needs. Occupational diseases are covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act in Pennsylvania, but these diseases frequently are not discovered until after the statute of limitations to file a claim has expired.

In these types of cases, an employer is often negligent for reducing harmful exposure or failing to inform workers of the long-term risks of prolonged exposure. If you have been diagnosed with one of these diseases because of your employment and it can be proved that the disease is related to your line of work, then you may be able to obtain the compensation you need and deserve from your employer.

Unfortunately, many employers will have an insurance company with teams of attorneys prepared to drag out these claims as long as possible. Because many victims with these diseases will only have a few years—possibly months—to live, the defendants in these cases will use a variety of tactics to stall and delay proceedings as long as possible. Oftentimes, companies will endlessly attempt to deflect blame to other entities, usually in an attempt to greatly reduce the amount of any settlement because the amount of compensation will be significantly less for family members if the victim dies.

If you have been diagnosed with a catastrophic illness that you believe was the result of your employment, you should contact the dedicated West Chester occupational illness lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible. We understand that time is of the essence in these cases and victims often have very limited financial resources because of their medical needs, which is why our firm provides legal services on a contingency fee basis so we do not charge clients a dime unless we get them monetary damages first.

Our occupational illness attorneys work as a team to fully investigate these cases and determine all negligent parties that can be held accountable. We can review your case during a free consultation when you call (610) 719-3190. Ciccarelli Law Offices serves communities in Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Philadelphia County, and Montgomery County.