Missouri residents need healthy lungs to enjoy life. People suffering from lung-related illnesses often have a lower quality of life. This goes for any type of lung disease. Today we will focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We will examine potential causes and how it affects victims.

Medline Plus examines symptoms and causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This disease is also known as COPD. While smoking is the main cause of COPD, any extended irritation of the lungs is a potential cause. For example, were you overexposed to fumes or gas at work? This may cause COPD over time. Cooking fire that is not well ventilated is also a possible cause. Even if you get a lot of heavy second-hand smoke or pollution, this can trigger COPD.

Asbestos particles also have the potential to cause COPD. Asbestos is an irritant. Some fields of work involve extended exposure to asbestos. Though there are safety precautions involved, this does not always offer full protection. As an example, demolition crews do not always know the exact composition of buildings. One may have asbestos and workers may not bring along the right safety gear. Not every worker has the safety gear they need to work in these environments without risk. Some workers are not given proper instructions. They may not have updated methods of dealing with safety hazards like asbestos.

COPD is a life-altering illness. It takes many lives every year. Have you faced frequent exposure to asbestos and now have COPD? You may wish to contact a legal professional. They may be able to discuss compensation options with you.