Connecticut Occupational Asthma Lawyer
Occupational asthma is a type of asthma that is caused or exacerbated by exposure to certain substances in the workplace. These substances, known as asthma triggers, can include dust, chemicals, and other irritants. When someone with occupational asthma is exposed to these triggers, their airways become inflamed and narrowed, making it difficult to breathe.
Symptoms of occupational asthma include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. These symptoms can occur while at work and can also continue after leaving the workplace. In severe cases, occupational asthma can lead to permanent lung damage and disability.
Connecticut workers' compensation laws provide coverage for workers who develop occupational asthma as a result of their job. To qualify for workers' compensation benefits, the employee must be able to prove that their asthma was caused by their job and that they were exposed to known asthma triggers while at work.
To diagnose occupational asthma, a doctor will typically perform a physical examination and ask about the patient's work history and symptoms. They may also perform lung function tests to measure the patient's breathing and determine if their asthma is work-related.
Treatment for occupational asthma typically involves avoiding exposure to the asthma triggers, as well as medications to control symptoms and prevent further damage to the lungs. In some cases, it may be necessary for the employee to change jobs or work in a different part of the company to avoid exposure to asthma triggers.
Workers' compensation benefits for occupational asthma may include medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits. The employee's employer or their employer's insurance company is responsible for covering these costs.
It is important for employers to take steps to reduce exposure to asthma triggers in the workplace and to provide proper training and protective equipment to workers who may be at risk of developing occupational asthma. This not only helps to protect the health of the employees but also helps to prevent the costly and complex process of workers' compensation claims for occupational asthma.
James F. Aspell, P.C. has extensive experience in Connecticut occupational asthma cases including COVID-related asthma. Please call anytime at 860523-8783 for a free consultation.