Occupational diseases include any illness or condition associated with a particular occupation or industry. Asbestosis and carpal tunnel syndrome can be examples.
If you are disabled by a work-related occupational disease you will receive the same benefits that you would receive if you were disabled by an on-the job injury.
When to File a Claim
File an Employee Claim (Form C-3) for work-related occupational disease
- two years from the date of your disability, OR
- two years from the time you knew (or should have known) that the disease was due to the nature of employment.
Note: In the case of death, dependents must file within the stated time limits.
Occupational Hearing Loss
If you lose your hearing due to your occupation, you may choose to file a claim
- three months from the date you were removed from the harmful noise in the workplace. (Removal can include wearing protective gear, so ask for it at work. Contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA for help if necessary); OR
- three months after leaving the employment in which the exposure to the harmful noise occurred.
The last day of these three periods is considered the date the disability began. You may file beyond the two-year limit if it is done within 90 days of knowledge that the hearing loss is related to your employment.
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