Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow. This can lead to shortness of breath, coughing, tightness in the chest, and wheezing. This condition is believed to be inherited genetically.
Many employers will refuse to cover asthma treatments by claiming that, since the employee had asthma before starting the job, it is not the employer’s responsibility. This, however, is not true. Asthma is covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.
If asthma is worsened/aggravated due to a working environment, it falls under the category of aggravation of pre-existing conditions. Aggravation of pre-existing conditions includes a former injury and/or illness being worsened or brought back because of working conditions.
Those most at risk for experiencing work-related asthma symptoms usually work jobs that involve lots of movement, fumes, and chemicals. Common workplaces include paper mills, gas drill sites, hydrofracking sites, chemical plants, and constructions sites.
Those that work around fumes need to wear proper respiratory protection. This includes both masks and goggles. Also, anyone with asthma, regardless of how long it has been “under control”, should have an inhaler available at the jobsite at all times.
Work-Related Lung Disease
Lung disease can occur when a worker has been exposed to a harmful substance, such as gas or dust. Lung disease often occurs when workers frequently are exposed to asbestos, barium, and coal dust. Those that work in the mining, construction, agricultural, and hydrofracking industries are most at risk for lung disease. People that work in these conditions need to wear protective masks.
If you suffer from work-related respiratory problems, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Contact PAWORKERSCOMPHELPNOW at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message for a free consultation. Do not miss your entitled benefits.