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Allergies and asthma are common types of workplace illnesses

While you may be one of the millions of people across the state of Illinois and the entire country who suffer from a respiratory condition like asthma or allergies, you could only now be experiencing symptoms as a result of your workplace environment. Unfortunately, a huge number and variety of work sites expose employees to environmental agents known to cause or exacerbate allergies. If you have questions or concerns about your work environment and respiratory health, it's important to keep in mind that many medical conditions are considered workplace illnesses. The attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, L.L.C., understand just how serious some allergy-related illnesses can be, and are committed to upholding the rights of injury victims and workers' compensation claimants.

No matter if you already suffer from allergies or were previously diagnosed with asthma, you have a right to work in a clean and safe environment. Of course, some industries are associated with more pollutants and allergy-causing agents than others, but there are preventative measures and safety procedures that employers and property owners can take to ensure the health and safety of you and other employees. It is also important to keep in mind that while it is always best to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses before they ever occur, employers can address issues in order to minimize the hazardous effects of pollutants after they are identified.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discusses health issues like allergies and asthma, and explains that workplace hazards are linked to many respiratory health issues. Allergy-related health problems can range from everything from sinus allergies to asthma to anaphylactic reactions in some cases. Beyond that, allergy-causing agents include pollens, animal dander, dust mites, reactive chemicals and natural rubber latex. Allergy symptoms can range widely in nature and severity, but should never be discounted or underestimated. There are cases where allergy and asthma-related illnesses have serious and disabling consequences.

Recognizing when and whether your health problems could be related to your type of work is an important part of achieving workers' compensation benefits. Visit our web page today to learn more about how to pursue compensation for long-term medical care and other related topics.

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