COPD stands for “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”. It is typically marked by prolonged or chronic restriction of the airflow while breathing. COPD is often present in many lung disease illnesses such as bronchitis or upper respiratory infections.
The condition is sometimes called “chronic obstructive lung disease” or COLD for short. Some physicians also call it COAD (chronic obstructive airway disease). The condition is often progressive and tends to worsen over time if left unchecked or untreated.
What Are Some Symptoms of COPD?
Symptoms of COPD typically include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing or wheezing
- Excessive mucus production in the lungs
COPD is most often caused by outer pollutant factors, such as air pollution, tobacco smoke, and exposure to certain chemicals. As the name suggests, COPD results due to an obstruction of the airways. This can also involve narrowing of the airways, breakdown of lung tissue, and other related factors.
Can I Claim Damages for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Injuries?
COPD is often the subject of legal cases because many COPD cases can be traced back to a defective product. Such cases may often result in a products liability lawsuit, in which the plaintiff is reimbursed by the product manufacturer for losses or hospital expenses. Many of these cases result in class action lawsuits.
In addition, COPD is often traceable as a work-related injury or industrial disease. Some job descriptions may involve a person working with or near chemicals or in poorly vented areas. If an employer or supervisor is negligent in regulating such factors, the employee can sometimes hold them liable for on-the-job injuries. An example of this is where an employer fails to provide a worker with adequate breathing apparatuses.
Lastly, COPD may also result from living conditions in which the resident is exposed to mold, dirty air conditioning filters, or other airborne pathogens.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
COPD affects about 5% of the population. Some cases can lead to very serious injuries and medical complications. You may need to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area if you believe that you have a legal claim involving COPD. Your attorney can help you file a claim and can research the injury laws in your area to determine your rights. Also, you need to appear in a court of law, your lawyer can provide you with guidance and representation during the process.