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Occupational Asthma

Occupational asthma is the name given to Asthma attacks caused or encouraged by environmental conditions in the sufferer's place of work.

Asthma itself is a disorder in the sufferer's breathing brought about by a narrowing of his or her airways and is usually defined as airways narrowing which is reversible over short periods of time either spontaneously or as a result of treatment. Asthma attacks are frequently initiated by some kind of external irritant.

Asthma caused by enzymes is an increasingly common health problem for workers as they are used increasingly for a wide variety of purposes. One common example is their use in detergent powders. As with many respiratory irritants, they can also cause skin irritation as well if proper precautions are not taken to prevent contact. Asthma which is hypersensitivity induced, as in this case, will normally only develop several weeks or months from initial exposure to the cause.

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.

Industrial disease compensation for factory worker

As a result of exposure to excessive levels of dust and dry powder products, such as flour, this client developed occupational asthma which meant he was forced to leave his employment, with limited opportunities in the open labour market for alternative work.

Although the defendant admitted both liability for our client's exposure, and the resulting diagnosis of occupational asthma, their insurers refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement.
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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.

Our lawyers specialising in Asthma in the workplace are able to help you review the ways in which Asthma 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 Asthma may lead to you having to deal in the future, our Asthma lawyers will be able to help you in claiming for Asthma compensation in the most appropriate way possible. Family members who suspect that a deceased relative may have died as a result of Asthma aggravated by irritants encountered in the workplace may be able to claim posthumous 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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