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Occupational Diseases That Affect the Lungs

May 17th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

IL work injury attorneyWorkers’ compensation is often associated with a one time incident at work that has caused an injury. Whether an injury has prevented an employee from returning to work, workers’ compensation is there to protect workers in the event that their well-being is affected by their job. Certain industries, particularly construction or manufacturing, use materials that are potentially damaging to workers. Constantly interacting with harsh chemicals and substances can make a worker permanently ill.

Although it is difficult to prove that a substance at work has caused an occupational disease, workers’ compensation is there to provide after the fact. Most employers are legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance.  Illnesses caused by harsh materials may require intensive and expensive medical treatment. There is also a possibility that the illness can or will prevent future work. If it can be proven that a substance at work has made an employee sick, then financial compensation is possible to live comfortably after a diagnosis.

The following are two common diseases that can be occurred by workers with exposure to dangerous substances.

Asbestos Poisoning: After the 1970s products with asbestos became heavily regulated by the federal government due to its hazard. A person today is unlikely to get asbestos poisoning while following safe work practices, but the effects of the disease may take up to 40 years to appear. Asbestos was often used in building materials such as insulation and cement, and may still be present in older construction. The fibers of asbestos, with continuous exposure, cause chronic lung disease.

Occupational Asthma: Asthma is an autoimmune response when lungs are irritated due to an allergen or a dangerous substance. When experiencing an asthma attack, a person’s airways become tight and it becomes hard to breathe. If a substance at work has caused an employee to develop asthma, then it may be dangerous for that employee to remain working. Occupational asthma is controlled through medication and avoiding the substance that caused the disease. Asthma attacks can be deadly, and the disease can lead to permanent lung damage, disability, or death.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Although a disease or illness may not be visible, they can be just as life alerting as physical trauma. If you believe your chronic illness was caused by hazards at work, contact an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case. Your attorney will explain what is needed to win compensation for a difficult to prove the situation. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asbestosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354637

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/occupational-asthma/symptoms-causes/syc-20375772

 

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