If you work in construction, you know that there are aches and pains that go along with the job. Many are temporary, but some can last a lifetime—especially if your injury makes it harder to breathe.
Work-related respiratory disease is a serious problem for New Jersey construction workers. Fumes, smoke, gases and dust are constantly in the air at job sites, and depending on your exposure, you could experience headaches, vomiting, uncontrollable coughing or even brain damage as a result.
While construction workers may suffer a number of breathing injuries, the most common include:
- COPD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a condition in which the lung tissue becomes inflamed, gradually restricting the amount of air the victim can inhale. Symptoms develop slowly, and include a chronic cough and shortness of breath. While victims may be able to effectively treat COPD symptoms, the condition is not fully curable.
- Silicosis. Silicosis, another incurable lung disease, is caused when victims inhale tiny particles of silica on the job site. These particles are released when mineral materials (including granite and sandstone) are cut for construction. Particles tear through the lung tissue, causing inflammation and scarring that make it difficult to breathe. Victims suffering from silicosis may be forced into retirement, have to switch to a less physical job, or even suffer early death.
- Occupational asthma. Natural particulates such as sawdust can aggravate breathing problems, causing an allergic reaction. Over time, dust particles may cause a victim’s airways to become permanently oversensitive, causing shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and even sudden asthma attacks.
Many hurt construction workers in New Jersey will not receive compensation for respiratory diseases. Often workers assume that their breathing conditions are unrelated to their careers—and those who do seek compensation may be denied a rightful payment from their employer.
At Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., we listen to the specifics of your case and advise you of your legal rights in your FREE, one-on-one consultation. It will cost you nothing to speak to us, and we charge you nothing unless we win your case. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 to get started.