Medical Legal Aspects of Occupational Lung Disease
- Author: Stuart A. Levy
- ISBN 10: 1-936360-12-8
- ISBN 13: 978-1-936360-12-3
- Copyright Date Ed: December 14, 2012
- Pages: 192 pages
- Binding Information: Casebound
Size: 6 ✕ 9 Inches (US)
Medical-Legal Aspects of Occupational Lung Disease represents the culmination of opinions provided by Dr. Stuart A. Levy in two decades of work as a medical expert in forensic and occupational lung disease. It is intended primarily as a resource for students, physicians, attorneys and other professionals who are interested in workers’ compensation and product liability. This text integrates medical-legal material in a compact, fully referenced format not previously published.
Dr. Stuart A. Levy is a pulmonologist, well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary disease. In addition to a 40-year medical practice as a consultant, he has held many leadership positions at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Wisconsin’s largest private teaching hospital, and has a long and distinguished career in teaching.
Approximately 40 to 50 percent of applicants applying for workers’ compensation disability benefits have a valid claim which can be supported with credible and convincing evidence. The remainder of the applicants have claims which cannot be supported with objective evidence. Chest radiographs, computerized tomography (CT) of the thorax, and pulmonary function tests provide objective data to supplement the medical and work history in the formation of credible opinions.
Issues essential in the analysis of a claim for an injury related to asthma, asbestos or silica exposure are presented in Chapters 1-3. Many of the most common exposures or conditions in the causation or aggravation of occupational lung disease are presented in Chapters 4 and 5. Chapter 6 identifies contributory conditions and factors that affect exposures. Chapter 7 addresses the issue of causation. Many cases are provided throughout the text to illustrate the medical and legal issues encountered in typical cases.