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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Pneumoconiosis diseases > Siderosis and pneumoconiosis diseases

Siderosis and pneumoconiosis diseases

Siderosis – Welders’ lung

Siderosis – also referred to as welders’ lung - is a pnemoconiosis disease caused by the inhalation of iron particles and is mostly suffered by metalworkers, or workers in the fabrication industry.

Although this disease is usually regarded as benign, in extreme cases welders may also suffer from Metal Fume Fever, a flu like illness.

Notifiable occupational diseases

To make a claim for compensation, you must be able to prove that siderosis has developed as a consequence of your working environment at that time. It is often more than 10 years after you have been exposed to the harmful dust before symptoms of a pneumoconiosis disease appear.

Siderosis is classed as a notifiable industrial disease, and if advised, your employer must report this to the Health and Safety Executive. If you are diagnosed with siderosis, with your permission, your doctor is required to inform your employer.

Not only may you be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the employer for whom you were working at the time of your exposure, but you may be able to claim disablement benefit through the Department of Work and Pensions.

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Symptoms of siderosis disease

Several of the symptoms presented by sufferers of pnemoconiosis diseases are common to many, if not all, of these diseases so it is important to seek expert medical treatment if you suspect you may be suffering from siderosis disease.

Common symptoms include:

However, some types of pneumoconiosis diseases demonstrate specific, individual symptoms, which your doctor will be able to identify.

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Making a personal injury compensation claim for siderosis

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.

Clear Answers’ lawyers will be able to advise you whether you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist industrial disease lawyers are experts in all personal injury matters and will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and answer any questions or queries you may have.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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