Common irritants to the lungs are found in many forms including:
- Dust from coal, asbestos, silica, talc, wood, cotton, and fiberglass
- Fumes produced in jobs that involve welding, smelting, furnace work, ceramics, and plastics manufacturing
- Smoke produced by burning materials can contain a variety of irritants in the form of particles, vapors, and gases
- Mists from pesticides, spray paint, and cleaning products
Prevention of Occupational Respiratory Diseases
Occupational respiratory diseases have no cure so prevention is critical. For many hazardous substances, there are federal standards for exposure with which employers must comply to protect their workers. Safety measures include taking steps to reduce dust and measuring the number of airborne particles to ensure they remain at acceptable levels. For tasks where dust cannot be reduced, respirators must be provided. Proper ventilation also helps keep the air in the workplace clean. If you have been diagnosed with an occupational respiratory disease you may have to change jobs if your employer cannot limit your exposure.
Pennsylvania law provides for workers’ compensation benefits if your respiratory disease was caused by or aggravated by your employment. To be eligible for compensation, the disability had to take place within 300 weeks of your last job in an occupation that exposed you to the hazard. If your claim is successful you may receive payments for lost wages, specific loss benefits, and medical care including medicine and rehabilitation services. The statute of limitations for filing is very specific so it is crucial that you contact a qualified attorney without delay.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Represent Workers Suffering from Respiratory Diseases
At Gross & Kenny, LLP, our skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers have the knowledge and experience to handle complex cases of occupational respiratory diseases. Call us now at 215-512-1500, or contact us online for a free consultation about your case. Our office is conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, where we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania.