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When is an Illness, Sickness or Disease Covered under Workers’ Compensation?

Like work-related bodily injuries, illnesses, sicknesses and diseases must be considered “occupational” to be covered by the workers’ compensation policy. Before an illness or disease can be considered occupational and thus compensable under workers' compensation two tests must be satisfied: 1) The illness or disease must arise out of and be in the course and scope of the employment; and 2) The illness or disease must arise out of or be caused by conditions “peculiar" to the work.

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