What is a respiratory disease?

Respiratory disease is an illnesses of the lungs and other supporting organs which directly affect the breathing and respiratory system. Generally, the lungs are the main focus of respiratory diseases. Yet, the nose, mouth, larynx, trachea, and thyroid all play a part in your respiratory system and can be effected if work conditions and other factors are not handled properly on a job-site.

respiratory diseases have a wide range of titles, but there are a few illnesses which are becoming more prominent. These are COPD cases, Emphysema, Farmer’s Lung, Asthma, and solvent exposure.

Who has the greatest risk for a respiratory disease?

Occupations which have expose the worker to high levels of dust, debris, or fumes have the highest potential to cause respiratory disease. Combining any of these three elements greatly increases the risk for a respiratory disease. Also, occupations which work with the removal of moulds, fungi, wastes, and harmful substances are more apt to suffer from respiratory disease than those which do not.

Anyone can contract a respiratory disease. However, older individuals have a higher rate of probability due to the fact that our immune systems weaken with age. Also, individuals with a family history of respiratory disease are more susceptible to contract an illness.

How can I determine if I have an occupational respiratory disease?

If you have a respiratory disease, or if you believe that you may have an illness, you are advised to seek the diagnosis of a medical staff, practitioner, or doctor to understand the severity of your case. There are a few indicators which you can use to identify if your respiratory disease is occupationally related.

If you had no respiratory problems prior to beginning work and now suffer from a respiratory job then the odds are that you contracted the illness while at the occupation.

An occupation where you are constantly exposed to harmful elements in the air will have a greater risk of a respiratory disease. If proper breathing prevention methods have not been taken and these elements have been inhaled on a normal basis you may have an illness.

Pain in the chest and lungs

  • Swelling of the tongue or nasal passages are indicators of a respiratory disease.
  • Shortness of loss of breath constantly may be an indicator

If you suffer from any of these symptoms or a combination of these symptoms then you are encouraged to get the professional advice of a doctor or practitioner.

Should you file a claim for respiratory disease?

Negligence and malpractice claims can be filed if you were not given proper advisement as to the working conditions and risks involved in taking up such an occupation. Even if such was given, if proper methods were not given to ensure your safety (such as a breathing mask) is negligence on the company’s part. Also, the failure to dispose or treat the facility to have the least amount of harmful inhalants could be grounds for a claim.

If a medical staff, practitioner, or doctor failed to diagnose you with a respiratory disease even though the symptoms were present and a normal professional would have been able to see that you had an illness, you may have grounds for a malpractice claim.

Some cases for respiratory claims are based upon knowledge of harmful dust and debris which was previously not considered dangerous. If you have developed a respiratory disease after working on a job for numerous years you are advised to find out the element that caused such a condition. In many cases individuals which have retired from their occupation and later developed respiratory diseases can attribute their illness to the occupation from which they retired.


Where there are a great many ways in which you can contract a respiratory disease from your occupation, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when filing a claim.

Time is critical. Filing your claim as close as possible to your diagnosis of the respiratory disease is the key to your claim. Many claims have time stipulations and so filing within the allotted time is paramount to your case.

Your lifestyle will play a key role in your claim. Individuals with a respiratory disease which do not engage in activities which would heighten or contribute to the illness (such as smoking) are more likely to have successful cases.

As with all medical conditions you are advised to seek and follow the treatment plan of a professional medical staff, practitioner, or doctor.

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We are here to help you. Please contact us if you have any inquiries regarding negligence, malpractice, or any issues related to your respiratory disease claim. We will work closely with you to ensure that the filing is done on time and that you get the compensation you deserve.

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