Asthma is a health condition characterized by breathing difficulties due to narrow airways. While asthma goes away for some people, many still need ongoing medication for most of their lives. If you are diagnosed with occupational asthma, here is information to consider regarding worker's compensation.
Common Symptoms and Causes
Coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath are among the most common symptoms of asthma. Cold and flu viruses can make asthma attacks worse. It's important for patients to avoid breathing in cigarette smoke, dust, pollen and animal hair in order to reduce complications. While asthma can appear at any age, there is evidence that genes, lifestyle and the environment are also contributing factors.
The later in life that asthma occurs, the more likely it was caused by the environment rather than hereditary reasons. There are plenty of ways that asthma can develop on the job. Exposure to various substances such as flour, grain and enzymes can trigger incidents of asthma. Working with laboratory animals is another way to develop the condition.
Workers are protected from dangerous chemicals due to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). These regulations mention that if a hazardous substance at work causes asthma, the employee may be entitled to an asthma compensation claim. It's important to act quickly once you develop symptoms since only a limited window of time allows you to file a worker's compensation claim in any given state.
If you need help with an occupational asthma case or other claims involving asbestos, lung disease, hearing loss or orthopedic issues, Gaylord & Nantais has years of experience and can help you gain worker's compensation for your injuries. Contact them today to discuss your case and get the process moving toward benefits and the treatment of your asthma.