General Guideline Principles for Introduction of Occupational
Interstitial Lung Disease for workers compensation patients

\The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Introduction of Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease.

These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.

The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.

Introduction of Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease

Four clinically overlapping categories of occupationally associated ILD are:

  • Pneumoconiosis

  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (HP)

  • Other Granulomatous Diseases

  • Toxic Inhalation Injury

ILD linked to autoimmune and pneumoconiosis processes typically progresses through stages before reaching a comparable “end stage” disease. These symptoms describe the condition:

  • restrictive disease

  • pulmonary hypertension

  • congestive heart failure

  • pulmonary infections brought on by a lack of host defences

As ILD worsens, it’s frequently accompanied with a persistent dry cough that may need to be suppressed, especially if it keeps you up at night.

Table 1: Most Common ILD Conditions, Etiologic Agents, Latency
















Table 2: Industrial Exposure














What our office can do if you have workers compensation Injuries

We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

We understand the importance of your workers compensation cases. Let us help you navigate through the maze of dealing with the workers compensation insurance company and your employer.

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us so we will do everything we can to make it as easy on you as possible.

We are orthopedic surgeons and do not treat chest diseases. We will refer you to someone in your area who does treat respiratory symptoms.


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