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Employee Information

Occupational Disease

Occupational disease must result from the nature of the employee's condition rather than from a specific job. Occupational disease is compensable if:

1. A condition peculiar to the occupation causes a disease;

2. The employee contracts a disease during the employment in     the occupation;

3. The occupation presents a particular hazard of the disease;     and

4. The incidence of ordinary diseases of life is substantially     higher in the occupation than in the public.

Since many occupational diseases take years to reveal themselves, the employee may have had many jobs from different employers in the same occupation. It is not necessary to decide which employer the employee originally contracted the disease as the employer whose job last injuriously exposed the employee will be found to be liable.

Occupational disease is defined as a disease which is due to causes and conditions which are characteristic of and peculiar to a particular trade, occupation, process or employment, and to exclude all diseases of life to which the public is exposed, unless the incidence of the disease are substantially higher in a particular trade, occupation, process or employment than for the general public.

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