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Nicole Hessen, P.A. West Palm Beach Workers Compensation Lawyer
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West Palm Beach Heart & Lung Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Heart and Lung Injuries and Illnesses

Occupational lung diseases are the most common work-related illness according to the American Lung Association. Nearly all of these illnesses are preventable if only the proper precautions are taken. Unfortunately, workers are not always provided with necessary training and supervision or given necessary safety equipment to escape the infliction of chronic, debilitating and often terminal illnesses. Heart and lung diseases are also leading causes of illness and death in the population generally, so it can be difficult to prove that a particular illness or disease is work-related. The attorneys at Nicole Hessen, P.A. are up to that task. We focus on injured workers and injured workers only, and we have successfully represented employees across the spectrum of workplace injuries and illnesses in West Palm Beach workers’ compensation claims, including heart and lung conditions.

What You Need to Know about Work-Related Heart & Lung Disease

A heart and lung injury could arise from a single incident or prolonged exposure to an environmental irritant. Common irritants and harmful allergens in the workplace include:

  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Mold
  • Gas or Diesel Fumes
  • Radon
  • Dust

Workers in particular industries may be exposed to more specific irritants, such as coal dust for miners, flour for bakers, or asbestos fibers for workers in construction, factories and refineries, auto mechanics and a host of other industries and occupations. Particulates such as these often lead to serious, chronic lung diseases that can prove fatal. These conditions include occupational asthma, asbestosis, silicosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Cardiovascular disease – disease of the heart or blood vessels – is the leading cause of death in the country, most often due to heart attack or stroke. It is known that exposure to small particles in the workplace can lead to cardiovascular disease and many associated illnesses, including coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy and heart valve problems.

Heat and Lung Claims are Fought Hard by Insurance Companies

As with other occupational diseases, linking a heart and lung condition to an injury or other cause or source in the workplace is often a complicated task that is made even harder by employers and their workers’ comp insurance carriers. Our attorneys have decades of experience gathering the necessary medical evidence and building a strong case for workers’ compensation coverage, including taking cases to trial when necessary. Insurance companies fight hard against heart and lung claims, but our Florida workers’ comp lawyers fight harder.

Help is Available for Florida Workers’ Compensation Heart & Lung Claims

For help with your workplace injury claim from tough, experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys, call Nicole Hessen, P.A. in West Palm Beach at 561-246-6666 for a free consultation about your claim.

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