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Should COPD Be a Concern for Construction Workers in Virginia?

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The exact causes of some occupational illness risks for Virginia construction workers are well documented. We know, for example, that asbestos exposure can result in asbestosis or mesothelioma. We also know that some construction workers may be at greater risk than the general public of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. While we don’t know exactly why construction workers may be at greater risk of COPD, we may know about some steps that can be taken to avoid the illness.

Understanding COPD

COPD is a chronic condition that can make it difficult to breathe. While many cases of COPD result from cigarette smoking, other known causes, such as exposure to air pollution, chemicals, and dust, can result in this dangerous condition. The disease often worsens over time and is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. Exposure to some substances on construction sites can make this disease more of a risk for construction workers. However, the risk may be better managed with the use of proper protective gear such as masks and, with reasonable accommodations, good ventilation. 

Call a Gainesville Construction Injury Attorney if You Suffer from a Construction-Related Respiratory Disease

If you are suffering from COPD or another type of construction-related respiratory disease, it is important to contact an experienced Gainesville construction lawyer today for a free consultation. Our lawyers can advise you of your rights and fight hard for your just recovery. For more information, please contact us today via this website or by calling 540-341-0007 or 888-907-2631. 

Carl N. Lauer
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Carl has focused on representing injured persons in Virginia.Workers' Compensation Claims.
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