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Affected by COPD? The team at HIMPRO can help.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung condition that can severely affect a person’s ability to breathe and lead a healthy life. It is a major cause of illness, with an estimated 300 million cases worldwide, and is the 3rd leading cause of death around the world. While smoking is a well-known risk factor for COPD, it’s important to recognize that certain occupations can also increase the risk of developing this debilitating disease. If you have developed COPD due to long-term exposure to certain chemicals or other high-risk materials your condition may prohibit you from continuing to work in your chosen profession. When this is the case, going on long-term disability for your COPD can provide you with the financial compensation you need, although proving that your COPD is directly resulted from your occupation can be difficult at times if you are claiming workers’ compensation. Group disability policies through work will cover disability arising from COPD even if you cannot establish a causal link to your job. If your LTD claim for COPD has been denied it is best to reach out to an experienced long-term disability attorney near you. They can help you navigate this often confusing process and fight your appeal for you.

Understanding COPD

COPD is an umbrella term for a group of progressive lung diseases that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The primary characteristic of COPD is the obstruction of airflow in the lungs, leading to symptoms such as chronic cough, excessive mucus production, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can make it difficult to breathe, making everyday tasks much more taxing than normal, and in severe cases make it impossible to work. Smoking is the most common cause of COPD, but occupational exposures to certain irritants can also contribute significantly.

Jobs That Can Increase the Risk of COPD

There are a wide variety of careers and jobs that can expose people to harmful chemicals and particles that can lead to COPD. Some of the most common ones include:

Construction Workers: Construction workers often face exposure to dust, silica, asbestos, and other harmful particulates. Prolonged inhalation of these substances can damage the lungs over time, potentially leading to COPD.

Welders: Welding involves the use of various metals and gases, and the fumes and particles generated during the process can be harmful when inhaled regularly. Welders are at risk of developing a condition known as “welder’s lung,” which shares similarities with COPD.

Jobs That Can Increase the Risk of COPD (Continued)

Farmers and Agricultural Workers: Exposure to organic dust, pesticides, and fertilizers in the farming industry can contribute to the development of COPD. Farmers are also at risk of developing a subtype of COPD called “farmer’s lung.”

Firefighters: Firefighters face exposure to a range of toxic substances, including smoke, chemicals, and particulate matter, which can lead to respiratory problems, including COPD.

Hairdressers and Beauticians: Professionals in the beauty industry may be exposed to hazardous chemicals found in hair dyes, nail products, hairspray, and other salon treatments. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can have adverse effects on lung health.

Textile Workers: Textile factories often produce airborne particulates and chemicals that can be inhaled by workers, leading to respiratory issues like COPD.

Miners: Miners are exposed to high levels of dust and dangerous gases, depending on the type of mining they’re involved in. Coal miners, in particular, are at risk of developing pneumoconiosis, a type of lung disease that can progress to COPD.

COPD and Long-Term Disability Benefits in Ontario

In Ontario, individuals diagnosed with COPD may be eligible for long-term disability benefits under various programs and insurance policies. COPD is recognized as a debilitating condition that can significantly impact a person’s ability to work and maintain their livelihood. Ontario residents can apply for long-term disability benefits through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) if they meet the program’s eligibility criteria. Additionally, many employers offer group disability insurance as part of their benefits packages, which can provide financial support to employees unable to work due to COPD. It is crucial for individuals with COPD to be aware of their rights and explore available disability benefit options, as these benefits can help alleviate the financial burden that often accompanies a chronic condition like COPD. Many times people will have their LTD claims for COPD denied by insurance companies. When this is the case it is important to seek legal assistance from an experienced disability lawyer in Ontario. Their legal counsel can be invaluable in navigating the appeals process, understanding one’s rights, and advocating for the benefits rightfully deserved.

Protecting Lung Health in High-Risk Jobs

While individuals working in the aforementioned high-risk professions may face occupational hazards that increase their risk of COPD, there are steps they can take to protect their lung health:

  • Use Protective Equipment: Always wear appropriate respiratory protective equipment, such as masks or respirators, when working in environments with airborne hazards.
  • Ventilation: Ensure good ventilation in workplaces to reduce exposure to harmful substances and improve air quality.
  • Regular Health Checkups: Workers in high-risk jobs should undergo regular health checkups, including lung function tests, to monitor their respiratory health.
  • Smoking Cessation: If you smoke, quitting is the most effective way to reduce your risk of COPD. Seek support and resources to quit smoking.
  • Education and Training: Employers should provide proper training and education about workplace hazards and safety measures to employees.
  • Seek Medical Attention: If any respiratory symptoms develop, seek medical attention promptly. Early diagnosis and management can help prevent the progression of COPD.

Contact An Ontario Long-Term Disability Lawyer About Your COPD Claim

Jobs that expose individuals to airborne irritants and hazardous substances can increase the risk of developing COPD. Proper precautions and a commitment to safety can help protect their lung health and reduce the risk of COPD, however at times even when safety measures are followed a person may still end up with a debilitating case of COPD. If you have developed COPD due to workplace exposure or otherwise and are now battling to secure long-term disability benefits contact the team here at HIMPRO in Toronto, ON. Our experienced LTD lawyers provide free case consultations and can help you with the appeal process. Contact us online or at 1-855-446-7765.

Why Choose HIMPRO?

Himelfarb Proszanski is a leading law firm with full-service personal injury lawyers. We have been recognized by Best Lawyers and have the highest rating, AV Preeminent, from Martinadale-Hubbell. We provide a combined century of trial experience which has led to the successful settlement of over 10,000 cases with combined settlement value in excess of 3/4 billion dollars. And finally, we’re the only firm to offer you the HIMPRO Advantage™.

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Sherene AlySherene Aly
16:02 23 Mar 24
I was very pleased with my decision to retain David and his team for my case. Melissa Gizzo was simply amazing and was able to secure a fair settlement for me.
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17:46 16 Feb 24
Experienced and excellent law firm. Their lawyers are wonderful, articulate, dilligent, amicable, calm, respectful, responsible, resourceful and have good human and customer relationships Especially DAN HOLLAND 👌 He is an amazing lawyer as regards dealing with any of the Accident case.I was involvedIn an accident in 2019 February. He was God sent as he dutifully and relentlessly worked hard until the case was settled
LizLiz
22:43 18 Jan 24
I highly recommend Dan Holland as a disability lawyer. His commitment to my case made the process seamless. Dan's clear communication and ability to simplify complex legal matters made it easy for me to understand every step. He demonstrated genuine concern for my best interests, making him not only a skilled attorney but also someone easy to talk to.Dan’s support extended beyond legal expertise; he alleviated my stress during the long-term disability case. His calm approach and unhurried demeanour ensured that there was no rush in our collaboration. This, coupled with his dedication, made the entire experience more manageable, fostering confidence in his ability to handle the case with meticulous care.I wholeheartedly endorse Dan for anyone seeking a lawyer who not only gets results but also prioritizes your peace of mind.
Neeshanth SritharanNeeshanth Sritharan
21:49 01 Jan 24
My mom was involved in an accident impacting her daily life and ability to work. Dan Holland has worked with us during the duration of our case and has been helpful in fighting for her and supporting us, and organizing the things we needed. Our family is incredibly grateful of the outcome Dan was able to obtain for us. I would highly recommend him!
Faiza HamidFaiza Hamid
01:26 22 Dec 23
I'm so happy I chose Mena Brar and her team represet us . We could not ask for a better team she is so kind, loyal, and honest. she spoke to me as an equal and made me feel as if my case was definitely important and that I deserved to be fairly compensated. I appreciate you. Did it for me and how this will help me get back on track with my life. keep helping others. You are doing amazing works, Mena Brar. I wish you all the best.
Brenda FurtadoBrenda Furtado
23:38 12 Dec 23
Many thanks to Silene Malhao for settling my husband's TORT claim and to Mena Brar for settling his accident benefits claim. These ladies made themselves available any time we had a question. They were very understanding and compassionate. We were completely taken care of throughout this process. We would definitely recommend this team to friends and family!
ShaunaShauna
15:52 06 Dec 23
We are so happy that we had David and his team represent us. We couldn't have asked for a better team. Not only is David incredibly skilled and experienced, he is kind and compassionate and it is clear how much he cares for his clients. Megan was also absolutely amazing to work with and was always on top of everything and there to answer any questions we had! Thank you!
Andrew CoutoAndrew Couto
23:10 21 Nov 23
I'm so happy I chose David as my lawyer. I spoke to a few lawyers before finding David and I noticed majority of them spoke to me in a way that felt demeaning or that my case wasn't big enough or important enough to take. One phone call with David and my opinion on lawyers changed. He spoke to me as an equal and made me feel as if my case was definitely important and that I deserved to be fairly compensated. The whole process was wonderful. From dealing with David's law clerk Ingrid whom is an amazing and kind woman to his legal assistant Melissa whom is another amazing kind and talented young woman. I was so stressed about this case but from day 1 they helped ease that stress and always answered all my questions promptly and respectfully. I couldn't believe David got me to mediation within 6 months of being cut off my LTD and got me a settlement way beyond my expectations. I can't say enough good things about this law firm but I guarantee you that if you need a lawyer to fight for you David is your guy! . Believe me when I say this is the law firm for anyone dealing with personal injuries especially LTD denial claims. Thank you so much to David, Ingrid and Melissa you truly don't know how much I appreciate all you did for me and how this will help me get back on track with my life. Keep helping others you guys are doing amazing work! I wish you all the best!
Rose RegazziRose Regazzi
21:15 11 Oct 23
I sustained a relatively painful injury, affecting me long term.I wouldn't otherwise had pursued it, as it involved a relatively large corporation, but felt it necessary to do so. However, many lawyers were daunted, with one, who actually referred me to HIMPRO.I was connected with Dan Holland, who reviewed the case, provided with me realistic expectations, sound advice and had a willingness to move forward and represent me.His calm and professional demeanor, brought me to a place of reassurance. His ease in addressing all facets of this process, clearly demonstrated a wealth of experience. There was never any hesitation, when being challenged, and felt my best interest was always in the forefront.This case has since been resolved, to my complete satisfaction.Without reservation, HIMPRO (and Dan Holland, in particular), would be the only firm I would recommend for these type of cases.
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