Diseases and Disorders of Body Systems
Diseases and disorders of body systems is a major division that is in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Diseases and disorders is a major division that is used for illnesses that a worker develops that are job-related. If a worker contracts an illness that is job-related, the type of illness has to be noted in the right division of the OIICS.
Disease and disorder are often used interchangeably. Disease is the older of the two terms. Historically speaking, disease implies a relative permanence, non-subjectivity and unchanging symptoms and causation beyond psychiatric illness. People who desire to avoid negative stigma often prefer to use disorder, while those wanting to highlight genetic or molecular causation may choose disease.
Disorder is a newer term that is frequently used for illnesses in which the origin, duration or physiological basis of that illness is relatively unknown. Disorder is also often used when there is a clear underlying cause, but the symptoms have a very wide, often subtle, range.
Contrary to popular belief, neither disease nor disorder imply specific underlying causes. Also, one term is not more medically accepted than the other.
Diseases and disorders of body systems are illnesses that involve a body system, rather than a single part or area of the body. Examples of body systems are the digestive, endocrine, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, neurological, reproductive and endocrine systems. Examples of diseases and disorders of body systems are muscular dystrophy that affects the muscular system, asthma that involves the respiratory system and diabetes that affects the endocrine system.
In relation to workers' compensation, diseases and disorder of body systems are illnesses that are work-related. In other words, they are caused by the nature, environment or materials of a worker's job. For example, black lung disease develops from miners inhaling coal dust.
Types of Jobs Involving High Risk for Diseases and Disorders of body systems
There are different jobs that involve a high risk for diseases and disorders of body systems. Some of these are:
- Coal miners
- Asbestos miners and installers
- Quarry and tunnel operators
- Cotton textile workers
- Nuclear industry workers
- Construction workers
- Healthcare workers
- Motor vehicle repair
- Metal machine workers
- Printing workers
Possible Injuries that Result from Diseases and Disorders of Body Systems
Several possible injuries may result from diseases and disorders of body systems. Some of these include:
- Various forms of cancer
- Skin diseases
- Black lung disease
- Lead poisoning
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Radiation sickness
Can I Get Workers Comp for Diseases and Disorders of Body Systems?
If you have a disease or disorder of body systems that you believe is work-related, the thing that is most important to you is, "Can I get workers comp for my illness?"
What many workers do not know is that work-related illnesses are also covered by workers' compensation, just like work-related injuries. If your illness is work-related, you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
However, in many instances, you will need the help and assistance of a workers' compensation lawyer to prove that your illness is work-related and to get the workers' compensation benefits that you deserve.