Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Overview

Modified on 2010/07/07 00:52 by Darren A. Wilson
People with COPD suffer from crippling airflow obstruction; a COPD diagnosis, which is evolving and likely is underreported, historically has included labels such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthmatic bronchitis. COPD killed at least 109,000 people in 1997.

Many experts say that smoking and its residual effects cause about 90% of COPD deaths. However, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that nearly 30% of COPD and adult asthma is caused by occupational exposure.

If you suffer from emphysema induced COPD caused by tobacco smoke or by a lifetime of work in a contaminated industrial environment, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Asthma: Overview
  2. Emphysema: Overview
  3. Florida Tobacco Lawsuits
  4. Popcorn Plant Workers' Lung Conditions
  5. Lung Bronchiolitis Obliterans
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