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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Pneumoconiosis diseases > Coal workers' pneumoconiosis disease

Coal workers' pneumoconiosis disease

CWP or Coal workers' pneumoconiosis

Coal workers pneumoconiosis or CWP, is also known as black lung disease. CWP is caused by breathing in dust over a period of years, typically from coal, graphite or manmade carbon. This dust builds progressively over time, building up in the lungs which are unable to excrete the dust, leading to inflammation, fibrosis and in extreme cases, necrosis. This condition has been recognised as an industrial disease and is primarily associated with the coal mining industry.

Simple coal worker's pneumoconiosis can be developed by people not associated with coal mining, and will be caused by poor air quality in some cities. A chest x-ray will identify the disease, the extent and severity, but many sufferers will be unaware that they have developed this disease.

If untreated, and exposure continues, CWP can develop into progressive massive fibrosis, which leads to a reduction in lung function. Sufferers are known to be more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, or other autoimmune conditions.

Notifiable occupational diseases

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.

Coal workers' pneumoconiosis disease 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 coal miners' pneumoconiosis, with your permission, your doctor is required to inform your employer.

To make a claim for compensation, you must be able to prove that your CWP 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.

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Symptoms of coal miners' 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 coal miner's pneumoconiosis disease.

Symptoms common to many pneumoconiosis diseases include:

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

Symptoms typically demonstrated for CWP are of shortness of breath, and a chronic cough seen in simple coal worker's pneumoconiosis may be accompanied in progressive CWP by lung dysfunction, black sputum, heart problems, or pulmonary hypertension, and there is no specific treatment for either the simple or progressive disease.

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Making a personal injury compensation claim for CWP

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.

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 one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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