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Do some workers face occupational lung disease risks?

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

The human lungs eventually suffer after dealing with toxic stress, so smoking is now less prevalent than in generations past. Other ways people suffer from lung ailments include problems derived from occupational hazards. For example, auto mechanics dealt with asbestos exposure when the substance was commonplace in braking systems. Even today, Arizona workers find themselves at risk for lung-harming occupational dangers. Hopefully, those suffering injuries may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Occupational hazards and the lungs

Occupational diseases that affect the lungs could lead to fatalities. Mesothelioma, cancer associated with asbestos exposure, is one such terrible disease. Asbestos is not the only substance that could harm the lungs, either. Even dust might cause lung problems.

Toxic chemicals and their fumes might lead to harm, which is why wearing protective equipment around chemicals proves necessary. Unfortunately, even the best safety steps might not be 100% effective. Workers could find their heart and lungs eventually display the sad effects of exposure.

The lung problems could become far worse when the injured worker smokes. The combination of carcinogenic cigarettes and other substances might be too much for the human body to handle.

Lung disease and the inability to work

An acute lung injury could send someone to the emergency room and a diagnosis to take time off to recover. Other times, a routine physical examination and related x-ray report might reveal long-term lung problems. Either way, the afflicted person may not be able to return to work. Hopefully, a successful workers’ compensation claim may reduce some financial stress while the person recovers.

Permanent disability claims might be necessary in some cases. Taking timely steps to file for workers’ comp could increase the chances for approval and reduce delays in receiving payments.