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Occupational respiratory conditions and workers comp

Employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their workers and their workplace environment. When people work in conditions where they are exposed to toxic fumes, harsh chemicals, dust or other irritants on a regular basis, they may acquire a long-term respiratory disease. At Wilson & Parlett, we understand that living with a respiratory condition can make it difficult for people to engage in everyday activities, work and enjoy hobbies, sports and other recreational activities. People who are diagnosed with occupational breathing conditions may be entitled to workers’ compensation in Maryland.

There are a number of respiratory conditions that may arise from exposure to workplace irritants. Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, interstitial lung disease, pneumonia and lung cancer are common types of lung conditions that affect workers. Bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis, legionella and severe acute respiratory syndrome are also prevalent.

Although incidents of occupational respiratory disorders are commonly seen in the coal mining industry, there are several fields in which people can develop breathing issues and pulmonary problems. People who work in jobs where they are exposed to asbestos run the risk of developing a lung condition. Furthermore, medical professionals, roofers, construction workers, welders, farmers, truck drivers, warehouse employees, and people who work in the aerospace industry are also at risk.

In order to limit the number of workers who are exposed to toxic fumes and potentially dangerous chemicals, employers should take precautions and ensure the safety of their employees. All workplaces should be properly ventilated and workers should wear the proper protective gear at all times. As soon as a worker is diagnosed with an occupational lung condition, they should alert their employer.

To learn more about occupational conditions, visit our page on workers’ compensation. 

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