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Can my workplace affect my lung health?

| Sep 28, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

In Florida, regardless of what industry you work in, you risk exposure to certain conditions or elements that can potentially damage your lungs. Not only does this have painful and harmful short term impacts, but it can affect your life for a long time to come, too.

A number of different lung issues can occur due to occupational hazards. One such problem is called “popcorn lung”, which is the result of exposure to certain chemicals found in flavoring, electronic cigarettes, perfumes, and more. Another major issue identified by Mayo Clinic is known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disease can affect anyone whose lungs are exposed to constant irritants.

Most people associate these diseases with heavy-duty chemicals or other industrial products that cannot be found outside of factories. However, you can develop chronic lung problems from things like:

  • Dust and other allergens
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Smoke from fires
  • Mold or mildew
  • Paint fumes
  • Strong and persistent odors

This means that even in an office setting, there are plenty of possible causes for chronic lung problems or sudden lung injury. A building with mildew, a lax smoking policy, or a poorly ventilated office space can all trigger problems just as swiftly as exposure to toxins or fumes.

If you have been diagnosed with any sort of lung condition and believe it may be due to your work environment, you may want to consider contacting an attorney. They can help you gain compensation for your ailments and move forward with your life as you recover.