Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease that attacks the joints. Those who suffer from this illness experience chronic pain and inflammation in the joints of the hands, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders, and hips.
Symptoms of RA can come and go, but once developed, the condition is permanent.
Job-related causes of RA
RA may be attributed to certain job conditions, according to a study conducted in Sweden. The study examined more than 3,500 people with rheumatoid arthritis and more than 5,500 without it. The primary contributing factor in the disease’s development was exposure to dangerous airborne toxins.
Among men, workers in certain occupations were at a higher risk of developing RA. They included:
- Manufacturing workers
- Bricklayer and concrete workers
Women who worked as nurses and attendants were at a slightly higher risk of developing RA. However, those who worked in manufacturing reportedly weren’t.
According to Healthline, air pollution, insecticides, silica, asbestos, and other minerals can contribute to the development of RA.
The signs to look out for
If you think you may have developed RA due to your workplace conditions, there are certain signs to watch out for in your joints. They include:
- Swelling and inflammation
- Pain and discomfort
Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA. Those who sustain this condition will likely face lifelong complications. However, there are treatment options that can prevent the illness from being debilitating. These include:
- Diagnosis and treatment during the onset of the illness
- Physical therapy and exercise to manage the pain and discomfort
- Medications for pain and inflammation
- Using omega-3 and -6 supplements to reduce pain and inflammation
You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits
Unfortunately, obtaining workers’ compensation benefits for this type of condition can be difficult. Your employer’s insurance company will likely claim that you had a pre-existing condition unrelated to your job. Additionally, if you don’t know your rights, or how to navigate the New Jersey workers’ compensation system, your claim could be denied.
That’s why you need an experienced Cherry Hill workers’ compensation attorney on your side. The legal team at Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen, LLC knows how the workers’ compensation system works. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement. We proudly represent workers who have sustained long-term and permanent injuries. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.