What to Do If Your Workplace Is to Blame for Your Respiratory Problem
Occupational respiratory disease is a common type of workplace injury found in the San Jose area. There are many hazards in an average workplace that can cause respiratory problems, including toxic chemicals, fumes, animal waste, machinery, and many others. If you suspect that your respiratory problem is a workplace injury, you can contact a workers’ compensation attorney for legal guidance. Your attorney can walk you through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim, which should cover your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages if you have to miss time at work.
Your attorney may ask to see certain evidence, especially if your claim is contested or initially denied. It’s always a good idea to keep a written record of the respiratory hazards you are exposed to in the workplace. Make a note of possible workplace violations such as poorly ventilated working areas or the failure of the employer to provide safety equipment such as respirators. Your attorney will also request access to your medical records.