A study published earlier this month in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine sheds light on how various occupational factors can cause workers to develop certain diseases and conditions. One of those is sarcoidosis.
Researchers determined that nearly one-third of all newly diagnosed are caused by workplace hazards. They also noted that at least 10% of those who develop sarcoidosis also suffer from other respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
One of the study’s authors pointed out that the occupational factors that result in a worker being diagnosed with lung disease often go unidentified. He noted that inhaling dust, vapors and gas has been shown to adversely impact individuals’ respiratory health, resulting in a wide variety of diseases or conditions. Workers most exposed to these hazards include firefighters, agricultural and metal workers.
In their report, the researchers pointed out that previous studies have already focused on the connection between workplace exposures and the development of lung cancer. They describe that relationship as well-established.
The researchers said they hope that by exposing these risk factors for these diseases, it will motivate lawmakers to take steps to minimize the potential for workers’ exposure to them. They note that this is the only way to reduce the number of patients that are developing these diseases.
Many occupational diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, have a long incubation period. Workers often remain asymptomatic for years after they’ve initially been exposed to toxic substances such as asbestos, mold or gas vapors.
By the time they do become symptomatic, their disease is often advanced, and they have a short time to live. An experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you need to cover your bills at this most costly stage of your treatment.