englischThe legal basis for occupational diseases is in urgent need of reform. In this thesis, the law, which is administered by the statutory accident insurance, is systematically presented and explained. During this process, the abstract as well as the specific recognition procedure are shown. As the various involved parties, including the social partners, have different, sometimes conflicting perspectives, those are taken into consideration in the course of the analysis. Regarding all identified disputes, detailed reform proposals are made which take the legal and practical level into account. It becomes clear that various simultaneous adjustments have to be made. The author holds a university degree in labor and social law. She is currently a trainee lawyer in the OLG district of Celle and a research associate at the Chair of Public and Social Law at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover.