As long as your illness, condition, or disease is directly job-related, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. In the past, workers have successfully filed workers’ comp claimed for work-induced diseases and conditions such as lung diseases, heart disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma, stroke, anxiety, depression, migraines, chronic pain, arthritis, and cancer. In all of the above cases, your disease or illness must arise directly from your job. For example, your lung disease must be caused by the air quality at your job, while your depression or anxiety must be tied to the stress of your job. In some cases, you may be eligible for workers’ comp if your job aggravates a current illness or condition that you had before starting your job.
Jill S. Bollwerk
Helping St. Louis area residents with personal injury, workers' compensation & insurance appeals/disputes.