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Work-Related Accidents That Lead to Lung Problems

The American Lung Association (ALA), estimates that over 25,000 workers suffer from some sort of respiratory disease each year from workplace contaminates. According to recent ALA studies, the rate of these lung conditions is the highest for construction and industrial workers, education and health service workers, and local government workers at approximately seven victims per every 10,000 employees within each industry.

How a Workplace Injury Can Leave You Out of Breath

Although a .07 percent chance of developing lung issues may not seem that alarming, the fact that most of these diseases can be prevented, but are blatantly ignored—is extremely scary. No matter how small your employer may think your workplace respiratory risks may be, he has a duty to keep you and your fellow co-workers safe and protected from these common disease causes:

  • Exposure to toxic substances and chemicals
  • Susceptibility to fumes from adhesives, shellac, lacquer, plastics, epoxy resins
  • Inhalation of fibers from carpeting, foam, rubber, and insulation
  • Exposure to dyes and enzymes in detergents
  • Allergic reactions to proteins in animal hair and dander, grains, green coffee beans, and papain (an extract of papaya that may trigger a latex allergy)
  • Inhalation of cotton, flax, and hemp dust, commonly found in the textile industry
  • Exposure to metals such as platinum, chromium, nickel sulfate, and soldering fumes


Any one of these contaminates can cause your lungs to become inflamed, burned, or irritated, and could even possibly result in long-term damage and deterioration of your vital respiratory system. Speak to your employer to make sure he knows the risks so he doesn’t put your future in jeopardy.

Allowing Yourself to Breathe Easier

Respiratory diseases can not only be excruciatingly painful and extremely scary, but they’re also overwhelmingly expensive to treat. Thankfully, you don’t have to allow an employer’s mistake to weigh you down. Our extensive knowledge and experience with workers’ compensation claims can help you get the benefits and compensation you deserve for your injuries, allowing you to breathe easier. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Did you know that you can use your social media to save a life? Share this page with your friends, family, and co-workers via Facebook, or tell them to contact us directly to discuss any potential questions or concerns they may have about a workplace incident. Remember, they may not know their respiratory risks until it’s too late. By clicking the above media icons, you may help prevent a tragic accident.