Identifying Pulmonary Fibrosis
Lung disease is an increasingly common issue in the United States, and tissue damage caused by foreign particles in the lungs can result in an extremely serious condition called pulmonary fibrosis. Over 48,000 cases are identified each year, and a lack of proper medical treatment contributes to almost 40,000 annual deaths due to pulmonary fibrosis.
When you are exposed to harmful materials, chemicals, or gases in the workplace on a daily basis, your lungs can begin to show signs of scarring from the abuse, which ultimately leads to reduced lung capacity and function. Fortunately, treatment for such work-related conditions can be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. For assistance seeking the benefits you are due, contact the experienced Fayetteville workers’ compensation attorneys at Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600 today.
Symptoms and Signs
Extended exposure to foreign bodies and particles will cause the tissue in your lungs to harden and thicken in an attempt to heal and protect itself, resulting in serious side effects such as the following:
- Shortness of breath, reduced endurance
- Chronic fatigue
- Blood or mucus-laden coughing
- Ongoing chest pain
If you work in a situation where you may be inhaling foreign particles on a regular basis, these symptoms may well indicate the onset of pulmonary fibrosis, and you should seek medical attention immediately.
Treatment for pulmonary fibrosis can be a long, arduous process involving significant financial strain. With the aid of a skilled Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyer from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, you can ensure that your claim will be filed timely and correctly, or that your appeal will be argued vigorously. Contact us by calling 910-488-1600 to schedule a consultation.