3 common examples of work-related lung conditions 

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Workplace Accidents

Some work-related injuries are sudden and traumatic. For instance, when a worker suffers a fall and fractures a limb. However, many work-related health issues also occur gradually over time.

Work-related lung conditions often take time to surface, but they can be very serious. Outlined below are some of the more common examples. 

1. Asthma 

Around one in 12 people in the U.S. have asthma. While not all sufferers will have contracted asthma from work, a significant number do suffer from work-related asthma. Asthma can be contracted after consistent exposure to dust, gasses and fibers. Most asthma sufferers develop a cough and have difficulty breathing. Fortunately, the condition is manageable when caught early. 

2. Asbestos-related conditions 

While the use of asbestos has largely been outlawed, the substance is still found in buildings and construction materials across the country. Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause serious health issues. For example, asbestosis is one common asbestos-related condition. This condition makes it difficult for the sufferer to breathe. Asbestos exposure can also cause mesothelioma, which is a terminal form of lung cancer. 

3. Silicosis 

Silicosis is a respiratory condition that is frequently seen among construction workers, particularly those involved in demolition. The airborne fibers from different types of stone, clay and glass can result in this condition when breathed in regularly.   

If you have contracted a lung condition from being exposed to harmful materials at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. The most difficult aspect of these cases can be proving that the condition is work-related. Having legal guidance behind you will help you to prove that the condition did occur due to your work duties.