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Berylliosis and pneumoconiosis diseases

Berylliosis - A relatively rare industrial disease

Berylliosis is a relatively rare pneumoconiosis industrial disease. Symptoms include the shortness of breath, cough and chest pain, but more specifically may lead to joint aches, fever and possible weight loss, all working towards reduced lung capacity.

Although there is no cure for berylliosis, treatment can be provided to reduce the effect of the symptoms. Berylliosis is caused during prolonged exposure to beryllium, through inhalation, when the lungs become sensitive to the dust.

Whilst prolonged exposure can lead to the development of berylliosis, it is not unknown for a single exposure to cause the disease to develop.

Notifiable occupational diseases

Berylliosis 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 berylliosis, 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.

To make a claim for compensation, you must be able to prove that your condition 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 beryllium dust before symptoms of berylliosis appear.

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Symptoms of berylliosis - a pneumoconiosis disease

Some types of pneumoconiosis diseases demonstrate specific, individual symptoms, which your doctor will be able to identify. However, 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 have a pneumoconiosis disease.

Common symptoms include:

Symptoms of Berylliosis may also include joint aches, fever and possible weight loss, which your doctor will be able to identify.

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Making a personal injury compensation claim for berylliosis

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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