Pennsylvania Work-Related Asthma Attorneys
Asthma, or reactive airway disease, can begin or be worsened by environmental conditions in the workplace. Work-related asthma is a growing problem in Pennsylvania, as it is nationwide. Hundreds of irritants on the job, including latex, can cause serious respiratory symptoms in workers. At Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we have handled numerous work-related asthma claims, and we will do everything we possibly can to maximize your entitlement to benefits, as a result of asthma caused by working conditions.
In Pennsylvania, work-related asthma is usually defined as either a work aggravation of pre-existing asthma or a new onset of asthma, induced by occupational exposure. Sometimes symptoms of asthma are "latent," meaning they do not appear right away. Rather, repeated work-related exposure over a long period of time to an irritating substance or an allergen that is followed by "sensitization" can eventually result in exposure-induced asthma. In other cases of "nonallergic" asthma, an irritant at work such as chemical fumes can cause an immediate asthma attack. The nonallergic form of asthma is also known as Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS).
Asthma symptoms can include wheezing, chest tightness, cough and shortness of breath, and they can vary depending on the severity of an exposure.
Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Lawyers
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The Pennsylvania workers' comp attorneys at Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo have extensive experience handling claims for all types of work-related injuries and bringing appeals against employers and their workers' compensation insurance carriers. When you need a lawyer with experience, you want a lawyer from Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo.
Occupational Asthma Injuries
Many kinds of industries create conditions in which an occupational asthma injury can develop or worsen: chemical plants, paper mills, construction, coal mines, gas stations, even airlines. Asthma can result from or be aggravated by exposure to paint fumes, detergents, cleaners, mold, cigarette secondary smoke or perfumes.
While a pre-existing condition can sometimes mean that you cannot apply for workers' compensation, in the case of asthma you need only to prove that your condition was previously under control and has been aggravated by your work.
For example: you were diagnosed with asthma as a child but you have been able to control it with occasional use of an inhaler. You went to work for a company where you were exposed to certain chemicals. As you worked around these chemicals, you started to have more and more asthma attacks, and it got increasingly difficult to control. You have a workers' compensation claim.
If you have developed an occupational asthma injury as a result of chemical or toxic exposure, or if your pre-existing condition of asthma has worsened as a result of exposure to chemicals or mold in the workplace, you may have a workers' compensation claim.
Meeting Your Needs
At Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we strive to provide superior service to our clients. An attorney is always available to speak with you, and we can accommodate evening and weekend appointments. We have offices in Pottsville, Allentown, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, Bloomsburg and Harrisburg. The lawyers are also constantly on the road, traveling throughout the state, so that they can make themselves available.
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If you believe your asthma has worsened as a result of your employment, contact a Pennsylvania workers' compensation lawyer.