Progressive Massive Fibrosis
Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, also known as CWP or black lung, is a serious medical condition that affects a large number of career-long miners and related laborers who work around coal for several years. As the disease progresses, symptoms may persist and eventually compound into new problems. Specifically, progressive massive fibrosis, or PMF, can follow serious cases of black lung. This affliction, although developing after CWP, can complicate the existing disease. In particular, progressive massive fibrosis leads to the growth of structures in the lung that can threaten a person’s respiratory system.
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PMF Effects and Related Symptoms
As progressive massive fibrosis follows black lung, it can contribute to existing problems as well as cause new injuries. In particular, the following are associated with progressive massive fibrosis:
- Growing lesions
- Shortness of breath
- Lung damage
As this disease develops due to exposure to coal dust, it is often preventable if employers provide proper safety gear and working conditions. If PMF does appear, workers may need to take time off to recuperate. In these situations, workers’ compensation plays a vital role in keeping laborers in a position to afford the appropriate healthcare.
If you have been working in a coal mine for years or even decades, no one needs to tell you how dangerous your job is. However, in the event that something horrible does occur, you need a knowledgeable legal advocate at your side. To learn more about how an attorney can help you with your compensation claim, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 today.