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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Farmer's Lung Compensation Claims

Farmer's Lung Compensation Claims

Farmer's Lung is the name given to extrinsic allergic alveolitis (hypersensitivity pneumonitis) caused by exposure to spores which grow in mouldy vegetable matter such as damp or wet hay.

A similar condition occurs in workers involved in commercial mushroom production from the spores of mushrooms (Mushroom Worker's Lung), and in malt workers who are exposed to a contaminant of barley during the malting process in whisky distilleries (Malt Worker's Lung), although in both cases the incidence of the disease is now rare except in old fashioned work processes. It also occurs in those who keep birds (Bird Fancier's Lung).

If the condition is caught early enough and further exposure is avoided, the lungs can recover over a period of months. If not, permanent lung damage is irreversible.

There are detailed regulations which are designed to protect workers from exposure to chemicals and other substances in the workplace - the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, otherwise known as the COSHH Regulations. Anyone who has experienced, or suspects they may have experienced, exposure to an irritant which has brought about or heightened the onset of Asthma in the course of carrying out their work may be entitled to compensation for Asthma.

Our lawyers specialising in respiratory diseases in the workplace are able to help you review the ways in which your condition brought on or worsened by your work may have impacted on your life and family, and possibly on your ability to work at all. Based on this, and on their understanding of the difficulties which work related respiratory conditions may lead to you having to deal in the future, our lawyers will be able to help you in claiming for compensation in the most appropriate way possible. Family members who suspect that a deceased relative may have died as a result of a respiratory condition aggravated by irritants encountered in the workplace may be able to claim compensation after death for suffering and losses. Please contact us for advice.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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