Most people who have heard of Lyme disease associate it with blood sucking ticks. Prominent in deer ticks, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease is debilitating, painful, and recovery is often lengthy. However, people don’t only get bitten by ticks out in the wild, and sometimes it happens in your own back yard or at your place of work.
If you work outdoors in grassy or wooded areas, you odds of contracting Lyme disease are increased. Treating Lyme disease can be costly, and if you contracted this disease while at work, you should speak with a Fayetteville workers’ comp attorney from the law offices of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC. Call us today at 910-488-1600 and learn more about what we may be able to do for you.
Do I Have Lyme Disease?
The presence of a tick on your person is often unsettling, and it is important that when one is discovered, it is removed immediately. This can decrease your odds of getting Lyme disease. If you have contracted the disease, the following are likely to occur after you have been bitten:
- A red bull’s-eye shaped rash will develop around the bite
- Flu-ish symptoms
- Nervous-system complications
- Joint aches and pain
Park rangers, land surveyors, oilfield workers, and gardeners are just a few of the people at risk for contracting Lyme disease at work.
No matter what your line of work happens to be, if you have contracted Lyme disease while on the job, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This can help with medical bills and offset the financial burden of missing work. Contact a Fayetteville occupational disease lawyer at Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600 today to learn more about pursuing benefits.