Few people will have heard of pneumoconiosis. You may guess that it is a disease related to the lungs and indeed you would be correct. However the term relates to a number of different types of lung diseases. The one thing they all have in common is that they are occupational in nature. This means you generally only end up contracting them if you have worked in an occupation that makes it more likely you will develop such a condition.
Some of the types of pneumoconiosis include asbestosis, silicosis and berylliosis. There is also a type known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis. These conditions are very serious and the sooner they are discovered the more promising the outlook can be. Not all people who develop one of these conditions will experience serious symptoms and a sharp decline in health. Some may experience only very mild symptoms.
The most important thing to remember is that a prompt diagnosis is essential in the case of these conditions. A failure to diagnose pneumoconiosis can lead to a delay in treatment and can allow the condition to get worse. This is the last thing you would want if you find you have one of these conditions.
What could happen if pneumoconiosis is not diagnosed?
There are numerous knock-on effects that might be experienced if you have pneumoconiosis and it is not diagnosed. For example unless you have a proper diagnosis you cannot begin any treatment or manage your symptoms. A failure to diagnose pneumoconiosis means you will suffer and yet not receive any treatment to alleviate how you feel. Working may become impossible and you could also find there are lots of other things you can no longer do. Generally inconvenient symptoms can also worsen into bronchitis, emphysema and many other conditions.
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Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim