What are non cancerous diseases related to workplace exposure?
Aside from known cancerous diseases, there are other diseases that can be caused, or exacerbated by exposure to dust, chemicals or other toxins. In some cases these can also be secondary diseases that develop in the months and years after initial diagnoses.
Some of these are:
- Black lung disease
- Occupational asthma
What are the symptoms to look out for?
Because these diseases are a result of prolonged exposure to dust, symptoms often develop many years later. Some early signs of lung damage can include shortness of breath, cough or tightness in the chest.
If you work in a high-risk workplace and notice any symptoms, consult your doctor as soon as possible. They will ask you about any dust exposure, so it can be a good idea to prepare a detailed work history including the kinds of materials you work with and the kind of personal protective equipment (PPE) you wear at work.
Claiming compensation for non cancerous diseases
Workplace exposure must be a contributing factor in making claims like this, but it doesn't have to be the main factor. For example, if you are a smoker and you develop lung cancer as a result of a workplace exposure, you could still be eligible to make a claim.
We offer professional legal services for those suffering from these non-cancerous workplace diseases. Our specialist workplace disease lawyers can help you claim compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and suffering.
Depending on the state you live in and where the expsoure occurred, there are varying time limits for making your claim. Therefore, it's important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible after diagnosis.
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