The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling for people who develop illnesses caused by something in their workplace environments. Some diseases aren’t immediately apparent but take years or even decades to manifest. In this case, the disease in question was mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, but the ruling presumably applies to any work-related medical condition that wouldn’t ordinarily be diagnosed within about six years.
A report says that healthcare workers, not firefighters or police officers, are the most likely in any industry to get hurt or sick on the job. Unsafe working conditions in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare workplaces resulting in injury or illness were more numerous than those in the manufacturing or construction industries, according to the report.