When Is Asthma Work-Related?
In any case of adult-onset asthma, it’s important to consider the possibility that it could be work-related. Since we spend so much of our time at work, there is a good chance that factors in your work environment may have directly caused your asthma or made preexisting asthma much worse.
According to the US National Institutes of Health, physicians should always speak with new asthma patients about their work environments. However, it’s common for doctors to fail to ask this important question. If you’ve recently developed asthma-like symptoms, you should meet with a workers’ comp-approved doctor and bring up the possibility of an occupational relationship on your own.
If your asthma symptoms are worse on workdays and less severe on your days off, there is a good chance it’s work-related. Common symptoms of occupational asthma include:
- Tightness in your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
Occupations With A High Risk
Occupational asthma can occur in any workplace where potential triggers are present.
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Jobs with an especially high risk include:
- Healthcare workers who become allergic to latex after inhaling powdered proteins from the inner linings of the gloves.
- Chemical industry workers who develop asthma from exposure to irritants like ammonia
- Food service and food plant workers who are exposed to carbon dioxide from freezers, cooking oil fumes, or breading dust.
- Carpenters and woodworkers inhaling wood dust
- Agricultural workers inhaling hay dust, mold spores, or chemical fumes from agricultural products
These are just a few common examples of workers at risk for occupational illness, but this disease can occur in any work environment where there is the risk of inhaling dusts, fumes, gases, or any other harmful substance.
How Can A Lawyer Help Me With My Claim?
If asthma or respiratory issues are keeping you from doing your job, it’s important to seek financial compensation so that you can address the problem. It may be difficult to provide the necessary medical and documents on your own, because diagnosing occupational asthma often takes time and several tests. However, an experienced New York occupational asthma lawyer can help guide you through the process.
Claims for occupational illnesses are usually more complex than those for work-related physical injuries. There are also complicated time limits regarding when you first received treatment, when you missed work, and when the onset of the disease occurred. Getting through this process on your own may seem impossible, but a lawyer who is well-versed in occupational illness workers’ comp claims can help you navigate the system.
Insurance companies are much more likely to deny your claim if you’re not represented by a lawyer. When they see that you have a respected lawyer in their corner, these companies are much less likely to force you to jump through hoops just to get the compensation you deserve. At Banville Law, we have the track record and experience you need in order to receive your compensation with little to no difficulty.