Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. While its causes are complex, some cases of leukemia have been linked to work exposures to chemicals and toxins.
If you’ve been diagnosed with leukemia, you might not know whether your case is work-related or not, but seeking compensation and benefits can be crucial to help you pay the bills and treatment costs. For this reason, if you’ve been diagnosed we encourage you contact Flaxman Law Group. We’re a family-based law firm with offices in Hollywood, Miami, and Homestead. In a free consultation with a Hollywood workers’ compensation attorney, our legal team can explore your options and help you understand whether you have a claim.
The Hidden Dangers of Workplace Exposure
There are actually different types of leukemia, and while some are caused by genetic factors, others are caused by environmental exposure. At work, the following exposures have been linked to leukemia risk:
- Contaminated drinking water
- Benzene-based solvents, which can be especially common in automotive, oil, manufacturing, and other sectors
- Ionizing radiation
- Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs)
- Some pesticides and fertilizers
Do I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Hollywood if I Have Leukemia?
In Florida, most employees are covered by workers’ compensation, and this coverage should provide benefits to any worker who has medical bills, injuries, or who has had to miss work due to a workplace injury or work-related injury. If you’ve been diagnosed with leukemia, and your cancer is caused by workplace conditions, you may be qualified to receive wage loss benefits, medical benefits, and other types of support.
The challenge is that establishing a direct link between workplace exposure and leukemia can be difficult. For one thing, a lot of time may have passed between exposure and diagnosis. For another, there may be multiple risk factors for cancer, which allows employers and their insurers to claim the leukemia was caused by factors other than the workplace.
Workers’ compensation claims stemming from leukemia diagnoses are rarely open-and-shut cases. You may want to work with an experienced Florida or Hollywood workers’ compensation lawyer to make sure you build a strong case and can prove your cancer diagnosis is linked to workplace conditions. This can improve your chances of getting your rightful benefits.
Experienced attorneys also help you navigate each step of the claims process, allowing you to focus on treatment. This can be very important as leukemia can be the fight of your life. Treatment is also very expensive, which is why your workers’ compensation attorney will seek to maximize your benefits, so you have the resources you need to pay medical and everyday costs as you heal.
Are you in need of a Hollywood workers’ compensation attorney because you’ve been diagnosed with leukemia or another occupational illness? Call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online to speak to a Florida workers’ compensation attorney in a free consultation. Our family-based team has already recovered over $100 million for our clients and we bring more than 60 years of combined experience to the table, so you can be confident you’re in good hands. In addition, our father-son attorney team worked on behalf of insurance companies before, and we know exactly what strategies insurance companies use—and how to counter them for your advantage.