There is a higher than usual risk of asthma right now because workplaces in Long Island and across the country are disinfected more than before. What is an asthma attack? It starts with coughing and a tight feeling in the chest. The person will wheeze and struggle to breathe. When this happens, the airways become narrower with each breath, due to swelling of the lungs. At-risk workers might have questions about their eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

Asthma can be deadly because the body produces mucous that clogs up the narrowed airways. The lungs of workers who have no history of asthma can react to disinfectants used to clean work surfaces. This is called occupational asthma because it follows exposure to dust, mold or chemicals at work. It often happens when a worker is suddenly exposed to high levels of an irritant after repeated low-level exposure over long periods.

Conditions that increase the risk of asthma attacks include cold, flu and respiratory virus infections. Although asthma can be controlled by medication, someone who never had it before can be caught unawares. Anyone with risky health conditions can prevent an asthma attack by avoiding areas where triggers like disinfectants are used.

The New York workers’ compensation program typically covers all occupational injuries and illnesses. However, proving that asthma is work-related may not be easy. This is where the skills of an experienced Long Island attorney come in. With the support and guidance of legal counsel, chances of receiving maximum benefits increase. Compensation usually covers medical expenses and lost wages.