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Occupational Asthma and Other Repiratory Illnesses

Your guide to claiming compensation for a work-related respiratory condition.

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Making an occupational asthma claim

Occupational asthma is caused directly by work and is usually the result of a reaction that can occur in certain people when they are exposed to substances known as respiratory sensitisers. There are many causes of occupational asthma, such as exposure to chemicals, dust, or powdery substances like flour, grain or chalk which are inhaled into the lungs over a period of time and cause asthma symptoms.

If you are suffering with asthma you may notice the common symptoms, like coughs and breathlessness, straight away. Alternatively, your illness could build up gradually over a while with coughs, colds, sneezing and shortness of breath becoming worse, before a doctor actually diagnoses your asthma condition. The condition can take weeks, months or even years to develop, depending on the person and the substance. Your doctor may ask about your job and he may diagnose that your illness is caused by your work.

Occupational asthma can be a serious condition leading to severe chronic asthma if exposure to the substance continues.

There are regulations in place to protect you if your job exposes you to harmful substances and your employer must give you proper training and provide the right protective work equipment. If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, and you haven’t had any asthma problems as a child, then your asthma may have been caused by your work and your employer may well be at fault.

Our experienced occupational illness solicitors can advise and support you throughout your claim. We can advise you about the benefits you are entitled to from the Department of Work and Pensions because of your illness. We can also access rehabilitation treatment for you so that the cost of this treatment and any necessary aids or equipment can be funded through your claims process.  Above all, our experts can help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams. A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

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Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation. Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

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Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad. Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

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Your questions... answered

What respiratory conditions can be caused by work?

There are several respiratory conditions with similar symptoms that could also be caused by exposure to harmful substances in the workplace. You might be diagnosed with:

  • Allergic Alveolitis is commonly known as Farmer’s Lung. It is not a common condition, with only 43 cases recorded over the last 10 years. It is caused by inhaling organic material, such as dust or spores from mouldy hay, grain and straw.  This causes flu-like symptoms but in serious cases it can lead to long term effects on lung function.  If you work with these materials and have these symptoms, you may need to seek medical and legal advice.
  • Allergic Rhinitis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nasal airways caused by an allergic reaction to workplace substances. Symptoms can appear like hay fever, but it has not been a common illness in recent years.  A confirmed diagnosis may mean that legal advice may be necessary.

  • Byssinosis is an illness related to exposure to cotton dust in textile industries. It is now rare due to the decline in the textile industry, but if you do have symptoms as a result of working in the industry over recent years, please contact us for advice.

  • Silicosis is a condition caused by exposure to silica found principally in rocks and stone. If you have worked in quarrying or foundries, or if you have worked in stonemasonry, your employer should protect you from inhaling the dust. The condition causes severe shortness of breath and fibrosis (scarring of lung tissue) and may lead to lung cancer in the longer term.

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There are several respiratory conditions with similar symptoms that could also be caused by exposure to harmful substances in the workplace. You might be diagnosed with:

  • Allergic Alveolitis is commonly known as Farmer’s Lung. It is not a common condition, with only 43 cases recorded over the last 10 years. It is caused by inhaling organic material, such as dust or spores from mouldy hay, grain and straw.  This causes flu-like symptoms but in serious cases it can lead to long term effects on lung function.  If you work with these materials and have these symptoms, you may need to seek medical and legal advice.
  • Allergic Rhinitis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nasal airways caused by an allergic reaction to workplace substances. Symptoms can appear like hay fever, but it has not been a common illness in recent years.  A confirmed diagnosis may mean that legal advice may be necessary.

  • Byssinosis is an illness related to exposure to cotton dust in textile industries. It is now rare due to the decline in the textile industry, but if you do have symptoms as a result of working in the industry over recent years, please contact us for advice.

  • Silicosis is a condition caused by exposure to silica found principally in rocks and stone. If you have worked in quarrying or foundries, or if you have worked in stonemasonry, your employer should protect you from inhaling the dust. The condition causes severe shortness of breath and fibrosis (scarring of lung tissue) and may lead to lung cancer in the longer term.

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