Bladder cancer is associated with various risk factors such as smoking and workplace environments. Flaxman Law Group recognizes the importance of shedding light on this issue, and we work with many workers who have been diagnosed with this form of cancer after dedicating their time to an employer. In many cases, these hard-working Florida residents don’t even realize their bladder cancer makes them eligible for compensation, including workers’ compensation benefits.
Being diagnosed with bladder cancer is scary enough. Don’t make the mistake of trying to navigate the claims system alone in this challenging situation. If you’ve been diagnosed with this or any other illness and think workplace exposure may have contributed, contact the Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood offices of Flaxman Law Group today for a free, no obligation consultation with a Florida’s workers’ compensation lawyer.
Understanding Bladder Cancer and Occupational Hazards
The bladder is an organ in your abdomen whose function is to store urine. Bladder cancer usually begins in the inner lining of the organ, but it can spread and become life-threatening if not detected and treated early. Symptoms can include:
- Frequent and painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Back pain
While bladder cancer is influenced by multiple factors, including genetics and lifestyle choices, occupational exposure to carcinogens plays a key role. Certain industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, and chemical production, can harbor hazardous substances like benzene, arsenic, and certain dyes, which have been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Bladder Cancer and the Florida Workers’ Compensation System
In Florida, workers’ compensation laws encompass occupational diseases, including bladder cancer, caused by workplace exposures. If you are diagnosed with bladder cancer due to your job, you may be entitled to compensation covering medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. The challenge is that it can be difficult to prove that your bladder cancer was caused by your workplace exposure. There is no test to prove this.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will secure medical records, expert testimonies, and historical workplace data, to help establish the connection between occupational exposures and your cancer. If others in the workplace have developed the same cancer, for example, this can help establish a connection.
Despite this, it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to argue that you don’t qualify for workers’ compensation benefits because your cancer was caused by other factors. In these situations, your workers’ compensation attorney can strengthen your case and negotiate with the insurer, working to make sure you get the benefits that should be yours.
Flaxman Law Group is well-versed in handling difficult workplace cancer cases and many other types of claims other law firms might not have the resources to take on. We’re family, with a father-son attorney team and offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood to better serve South Florida communities.
If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer due to workplace exposures, seeking justice is important. You face a big journey back to health, and you deserve the financial support workers’ compensation benefits are intended to provide during this difficult time. Reach out to Flaxman Law Group today if you’ve been diagnosed and think you may have a claim. You can always call us at any time at 866-352-9626 to or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer.