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

Byssinosis and pneumoconiosis diseases

Byssinosis - Asthma type symptoms

Byssinosis - this disease shows symptoms that are similar to asthma and is also known as Brown Lung. It results from inhaling the dust from vegetable fibres such as flax, hemp, cotton dust or sisal. If the workplace is not adequately ventilated, workers inhaling the dust can develop the disease, although it is not known if it is the dust itself, or endotoxins in the bacteria on the dust, that actually cause the disease.

Symptoms of byssinosis may also include wheezing, and although this may disappear at the end of the working day, in some cases symptoms will be come permanent. Treatment may include bronchodilators and / or corticosteroids to reduce the symptoms, although in severe cases, nebulizers or home oxygen therapy may be necessary.

Symptoms of byssinosis - a pneumoconiosis 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 have a pneumoconiosis disease.

Common symptoms include:

However, some types of pneumoconiosis diseases demonstrate specific, individual symptoms, which your doctor will be able to identify. Sufferers of byssinosis may develop wheezing which may disappear at the end of the working day, or in severe cases become permanent.

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Notifiable occupational diseases

Byssinosis 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 byssinosis, 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 for byssinosis, 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 vegetable fibres before symptoms of byssinosis appear.

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Making a personal injury compensation claim for byssinosis

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.

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.

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