Breathing harmful airborne particles in the workplace puts employees at an increased risk of respiratory illness, and can have long-term consequences for your health, productivity and quality of life. However, many workers are not even aware that their jobs are compromising their health. Some respiratory diseases can take years – even decades – to develop.
There are many kinds of respiratory conditions that lead to a broad range of complications, including shortness of breath, chronic fatigue and a lack of stamina. When symptoms become so acute that a worker can no longer reliably perform basic job functions, that employee may be eligible to collect Social Security Disability benefits.
Employees in many different positions can be exposed to particulates that cause respiratory irritation, illness, and disease. Some of the industries with high rates of respiratory problems include
- Agricultural work involving chemical pesticides and herbicides
- Vehicle repair
In addition, any job where employees repeatedly work around dust, aerosol sprays, or other fine particulates can pose a threat to worker health.
Committed Advocacy for your Respiratory Illness Claim
Respiratory illnesses can be caused by many different factors, including short or long-term exposure to airborne particles, acute injuries, and industrial accidents. Respiratory conditions that may entitle a worker to seek Social Security benefits include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Lung cancer
- Cystic fibrosis
If you or someone you know is suffering from a work-related respiratory illness, our Seattle Workers’ Compensation lawyers are committed to helping you pursue your claim. Our team understands the personal and financial hardships that a work-related injury or illness can cause, and we make every effort to easing that burden and recovering the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how our firm can help with your claim, please contact the Washington workers’ compensation attorneys of Emery Reddy today.
A Workers’ Compensation lawyer will help you recover:
- Current and ongoing medical costs
- Lost wages and lost potential income
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life from a permanent injury, disability or other factors
We understand that many families depend on the income of an injured worker, and our Workers’ Compensation lawyers are dedicated to winning the benefits and compensation you deserve. Our practice was founded on a commitment to advocating for workers’ rights, and we are proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled. Contact one of our attorneys today for a free consultation on your respiratory illness or workers’ compensation claim.