One of the biggest problems that face workers today is occupational diseases. This is a relatively new concept to hear about, and we can thank technology that it is already such a widespread phenomenon now with as much information available as there is. While most people think of illnesses as something that comes and goes, especially around this time of year with the flu kicking up again, an occupational disease is something different. An occupational disease is something that generally has a slow onset and is caused by exposure to something while working. Things like mold or asbestos can cause occupational illnesses, and these diseases are often fatal if left untreated. This is why it is so important to get the proper care for them. On Memorial Day of 2013, the National Council on Occupational Health and Safety published a report that gives an overview of some of the deaths that occurred at work sites in North Carolina in 2012. This publication starts out by remarking that the official numbers are likely often much lower than the real numbers for many reasons. One of the reasons is simply the lack of information gathered on occupational disease deaths. The report even states that “no database collects their names”, referring to people who pass away from occupational illness. They explain that the vast majority of people who pass because of this phenomenon are never known, but they estimate that for every worker who dies from an acute injury on the job, ten more pass from an occupational disease. That is a terrifying and sobering number no matter how few have been killed by a sudden incident in the workplace. While the number may not be truly accurate, every single one of those people deserve to be remembered and their families should be given the correct compensation for what they have gone through. Here at Collier Law Firm, we believe that every workers compensation claim should be honored, including those that deal with occupational illness. These go overlooked far too often and are pushed aside, and we don’t think that's acceptable. We believe that your claim is just as valid as anyone else’s and would love for you to call us for your free consultation. We will fight for you just like you are fighting the illness you developed from working in unsafe conditions: as hard as we can until the very end.