Every job has a variety of health hazards and occupational dangers that go along with the work environment or work-related duties. Often, the occupational injuries and illnesses that one develops will result in mere inconvenience and can be resolved quickly without too great a negative effect on one’s health. There are instances, however, when the resulting ailment can be chronic and might permanently impact a worker’s quality of life. Coal miners and others who work directly with or in the vicinity of coal are at risk for developing coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), more commonly known as black lung.
If you are suffering the effects of black lung or another occupational illness, then you are likely entitled to file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can be essential to protecting your own health and the financial stability of your family. Contact the experienced Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 for more information about your legal rights.
Consequences of Coal Dust Inhalation
When coal dust is drawn into the lungs, the body does not have the capacity to eject the dust from the lungs. As this dust accumulates within the lungs through prolonged exposure, small masses of fibrous tissue are formed around the dust particles in an attempt to protect the rest of the lung from the microscopic foreign objects. This can lead to the following:
- Chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Lesions on the lung tissues
- Necrosis (or tissue death)
The loss of the ability to breathe without difficulty can dramatically reduce your capacity to work. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to gain the assistance you may need with your claim.