Occupational diseases are the second way that claims may occur under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. To qualify as an occupational disease, the worker must be an increased risk for the medical condition or illness as compared to the general public.
The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act lists a number of specified occupational diseases. These include:
- Black Lung Disease
However, almost any medical condition may qualify as an occupational disease under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. For example, in certain circumstances, medical conditions such as heart attack and repetitive motion injuries may qualify as occupational diseases. Individuals who work in laboratory, hospital, or nursing home settings may be able to qualify for an occupational disease claim if exposed to airborne or blood-transmitted illnesses that he or she would not ordinarily be exposed to normal daily life.
Levy Law Offices represents individuals in workers' compensation claims on a contingency fee basis. The contingency fee basis is 25% of recovery received, if any, and all attorney fees are subject to approval by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The client is responsible for payment of all costs in the case, which may include medical records, deposition costs, postage, and copying costs.