While most cases of asthma occur as hereditary conditions or in young children or people who are susceptible to it, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it can crop up in older people as a result of something in their environment. This might occur in a workplace that has not catered for all potential hazards appropriately.
You may not have heard of isocyanates before but they have been known to cause asthma in people who work in particular types of jobs. These are chemical in nature and they are present in paints and varnishes, not to mention some types of foam. This means people who work with these things in their daily life might be more at risk of developing asthma as a consequence of coming into contact with isocyanates.
The condition doesn’t necessarily crop up straight away after exposure either. Sometimes it might take several months for an individual to start experiencing symptoms. Since getting asthma in later life is not that common, if you have developed it and you work with these items there could be a link between them. If this is the case it is worth exploring further to determine whether there is a potential for negligence in your workplace.
How can asthma affect your life?
Asthma can be mild or severe, and it can mean you have to adjust your lifestyle. It all depends on your individual triggers and how successfully you can avoid them. Some people may be fine avoiding such triggers while others need to take medication. It can slow you down if you get short of breath quite regularly, and it can affect your working life as well. Needless to say getting an appropriate diagnosis and treatment is essential. It can also occur at any point in your life, and sometimes as we’ve seen here it can be caused by environmental factors.
Get in touch if you think you might be in a similar situation
Asthma can be a difficult condition to deal with, especially if you have a relatively severe case. If you think isocyanates might have caused your asthma you should contact us at Accident Advice Helpline now. The sooner you do so the better, as the clock is ticking on the time limit you have to potentially make a claim. Use our free 24/7 enquiry line or alternatively take the 30-second online test to find out if you might have cause to make a no win, no fee* claim.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown