Occupational Asthma Compensation Claims
You may have recently been diagnosed with asthma as a result of breathing in dusts, gases, fumes and vapours at work. You may already suffer from asthma and have found your symptoms have been worsened by your occupation. In either case, you would like to find out whether you are entitled to financial compensation.
How we can help…
Your solicitor will discuss the practical steps entailed when making a compensation claim and will liaise with you to understand who is likely to be responsible for your illness.
Our team of solicitors has extensive experience of building successful compensation claims for those diagnosed with occupational asthma. We work closely with medical practitioners and specialist nurses, and can progress your case in person, over the phone, on Skype or by email, either inside or outside normal working hours.
What causes asthma?
Asthma is caused by irritation of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This irritation causes inflammation and swelling or narrowing of the airways. In some cases, sticky mucous can clog the airways. Some individuals are naturally prone to asthma attacks which can occur with or without exposure to a trigger; others only suffer from asthma after exposure to a trigger. An asthma attack can be frightening for the sufferer and anyone witnessing it.
What triggers asthma?
Common asthma triggers include: allergens, such as house dust mites, animal fur and pollens; other irritants, such as cigarette smoke, strong smells, gases; cold air; exercise, or chest infections. Asthma can be triggered for the first time in a workplace simply by repeatedly breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours which can sensitise the lungs. For example, breathing in mist containing droplets of metal working fluid as part of an industrial process, or breathing in fumes from strong cleaning products. Where someone has never suffered from asthma before, and develops a sensitivity caused by inhaling a trigger substance in the workplace, there is usually a delay sometimes of a couple of years between the first exposure to the trigger substance and the first asthma attack.
If you already suffer from asthma or have done so in the past, breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours can make your asthma worse or trigger an attack and there may not be a period of delay between the first exposure to the trigger substance and the first workplace asthma attack.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
If you are suffering from asthma, you may experience: breathlessness or you may struggle for breath; a tight chest; wheezing or gasping; painful coughing or a productive cough, or light headedness.
Who is at risk of developing occupational asthma?
Some workers are more at risk of breathing in substances that may cause asthma or make it worse, including: bakers (flour dust); vehicle spray painters (paint fumes); solders (metal fumes); woodworkers (wood dust); healthcare workers (chemical fumes, latex); laboratory animal workers (chemical, acid fumes); agricultural workers (bird feather dust); engineering workers (petrol/diesel fumes, metal fumes, chemical fumes), or welders (metal fumes).
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