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A work illness can be just as serious as an injury, leaving you unable to work for some time, if not permanently impaired. Fortunately, an attorney in Charleston can help you get the workers comp benefits you need to recover.

When you’re injured in a work accident, you typically know then that you’re injured and in need of workers compensation. However, a work illness may not be so clear. You may have gotten sick over time, and you may be concerned about your work comp covering an illness. Unfortunately, that makes it more difficult to recover from your suffering.

That’s why you’ll need to seek out a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA as soon as possible. A Charleston work illness lawyer can review your claim and make sure you’re eligible for benefits. That way, you have someone on your side who will fight for you.

Work Illnesses Covered by Workers Comp

When you’ve suffered a work illness, ensuring that you’re covered by your workers compensation is likely first priority. When you’re unable to recover and return to your job without help, it can be stressful for you and your whole family.

Fortunately, many work illnesses are covered by South Carolina law. As long as your occupational illness didn’t come from exposure to climatic conditions or from a disease passed among your coworkers, like a cold, you’re likely eligible.

For example, you might have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, a serious type of lung disease that can be deadly. Because this disease may arise from your work conditions, you may be eligible for workers comp benefits.  

The Benefits Process

When your job leaves you ill, you may be entitled to benefits that can help you recover from your illness. If you’re struggling with your claim, make sure that you’re getting the benefits you deserve, which may include some of the following:

  • Medical Benefits – When you’re made ill by your work, your workers comp should cover your medical bills. All reasonable expenses needed for your recovery should be covered.  
  • Partial Disability – In some cases, you may be able to work in a light-duty position, even if you’re unable to return fully to work. Your partial disability benefits can cover some of the difference between your original wages and your new wages.
  • Total Disability – In other cases, your illness may make it impossible to return to work in any capacity. In these situations, your total disability benefits will cover two-thirds of your wages before the illness.

Contact a Charleston Lawyer for Help

When you’re suffering from a work illness in Charleston, it can be tough to get the full compensation you deserve after your injuries. Determining the cause of an injury may be easier than determining an illness’s cause, so you might struggle to get the workers comp benefits you deserve.

Fortunately, your attorney from HawkLaw, PA can step in. We understand that you may have plenty of questions about your workers comp, and we can help. Take advantage of your free consultation to learn what we can do for you.

If you’re ready to fight for your compensation, your Charleston work illness lawyer is ready to help. Reach out by calling 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or by completing the following online form.

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