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Occupational Disease Deaths

Steps to follow if your loved one died due to a work related disease

Occupational Disease Deaths

Every year, thousands of people across the United States die due to diseases they received from their workplace. Workplace diseases can lay dormant for many years before they are discovered and are often hard to trace back to a person's job.

What is a Workplace Disease

A workplace disease is an illness caused by exposure to certain toxins or substances  on the job, which lead to disease that is often fatal.

The two government agencies that research and attempt to prevent workplace diseases and injuries are the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Common Workplace Deaths Due to Disease

This list only contains a small sampling of the most common workplace diseases that have been found to lead to death.

Occupational Disease Death Timeframes

Workplace disease that causes death may not show up for many years, even after the person has retired from the industry that caused the illness.

For example, in cases of lead poisoning, the person who was exposed may not die for several weeks or months. A person exposed to asbestos and other carcinogens may not develop the workplace disease that leads to their death for several decades.


If one of your loved ones died due to a disease they received in the workplace, you should contact an attorney and law firm who  has experience handling wrongful death claims related to diseases received in the workplace. As one would expect, linking a past exposure to a current illness can be very complicated.

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