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    Default Is Asthma Covered by Workers Compensation

    An employee has severe asthma that is caused by allergies to chemicals and perfumes. She works in a company that has a policy against the use of chemicals and fragrances, and her company is aware of her vulnerability.

    Another employee of the company cleaned an area of the workplace with bleach, and the exposure to bleach fumes triggered an asthma attack. The worker had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Will the worker's medical bills and missed time from work be covered by workers compensation, in Pennsylvania?

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    Default Re: Is Asthma Covered by Workers Compensation

    Under the facts as described, the worker should qualify for workers' compensation coverage for her medical bills -- the ambulance, the hospital bill and follow-up care. Although she has a pre-existing condition, the chemical use at work triggered the condition and should cause it to be regarded as a work-related illness.

    However, unless she missed seven or more days from work, she would not qualify for wage loss benefits.

    For more information on Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits, read this.

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