If your job is taking its toll on your heart and lungs, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to pay for medical care, lost wages and disability arising from your cardiopulmonary disease. However, you must demonstrate a direct link between your job and your condition. Turley Redmond & Rosasco can help you document your disease and the work environment that caused or exacerbated your condition to successfully recover your rightful workers’ compensation benefits.
Workplace-Related Heart Diseases
No doubt the stress of work can be overwhelming at times. However, your work environment should not put your heart health at risk. If you have sustained a work-related cardiac medical condition, you have the right to worker’s compensation. Our attorneys work to prove that your cardiac episode or stroke.
Workplace-Related Lung Diseases
Occupational pulmonary disease is most commonly associated with high-risk jobs, such as firefighters, miners, farmers and manufacturing workers. However, anybody who works in an indoor space, including office workers, teachers and hospital staff, is at risk of sick building syndrome in which the confined space has very poor air quality.
Common occupational pulmonary conditions include:
- Work-related asthma — Conditions in your workplace may exacerbate your asthma. Poor ventilation, dust and perfumes may trigger an episode.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — COPD is sometimes associated with smoking tobacco products. However, you may also contract COPD through regular inhalation of other toxic materials, including wood dust, grain dust, exhaust fumes and chemical vapors, while on the job.
- Lung cancer — Breathing in fine particles and toxic gasses, including diesel fumes, silica, asbestos, resin, soot, coal tar and sulfur mustard, is linked to lung cancer. Firefighters, agricultural workers, factory workers, military personnel and construction workers are at particularly high risk.
- Mesothelioma — Asbestos is a natural jagged fiber that can become entrapped in the lining of the mesothelium that lines the lungs. This deadly disease is common in construction and demolition crews, manufacturers and miners.
- Lung infection — You may contract such infections as legionella, tuberculosis or pneumonia from poor ventilation, contaminated air conditioning units and infected coworkers.
- Bronchiolitis obliterans — Damage to your bronchioles may occur by breathing in certain chemicals, such as diacetyl butter flavoring found on popcorn and other manufactured food products. Over time, the condition may scar the airways and cause severe obstruction.
Recover Benefits for Your Cardiopulmonary Disease
Do not delay in filing your claim for workers’ compensation for your cardiopulmonary condition. A Nassau County workers’ compensation attorney at our firm can guide you through the process to reach the best possible results. Schedule a free consultation with Turley Redmond & Rosasco today.