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Pneumoconiosis diseases

Lung diseases caused by harmful dust products

Pneumoconiosis is the term applied to a number of lung-related diseases that are caused through the inhalation of a variety of harmful dust products. The type of dust inhaled will determine the disease that develops, but they are all caused by the dust being retained in the lungs causing damage to the lungs, which causes the sufferer a range of debilitating conditions.

Inhaling one or more of these harmful substances can result in an inflammatory reaction causing fibrous scar tissue to form in the alveoli, or air sacs, in the lung, causing the lung wall to lose its normal elasticity, reducing the ability of the lung to expand and contract to take in air (oxygen).

Pneumoconiosis diseases news stories

Clear Answers personal injury solicitors deal with a large number of industrial disease compensation claims each year, including those resulting from negligent exposure to hazardous substances. Please visit our Personal Injury News Section to view details of these stories and other successful personal injury compensation claims that Clear Answers' solicitors have been involved with.

Machine operator receives industrial disease compensation

Working for the same well-known large manufacturer for decades, our client in this claim for industrial disease compensation developed lung disease through his routine negligent exposure to oil mist and other harmful chemicals.

Our specialist industrial disease lawyers fought and won this claim, although they were forced to issue court proceedings when the defendants insurers refused to negotiate an acceptable sum in compensation. On our advice, our client rejected two previous offers but were able to settle prior to the trial date. Our client received a five-figure sum in compensation for the effects that his reduced lung function has had on both his working and personal life.
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Please select one of the links below for more information on pneumoconiosis diseases and how Clear Answers occupational disease lawyers may be able to help you bring a claim for personal injury compensation.

Please also read about the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatments of pneumoconiosis diseases.

Notifiable occupational diseases

If you are diagnosed with a pneumoconiosis disease, and you give your permission, your doctor is duty bound to inform your employer, who in turn is required to advise the Health and Safety Executive.

You may be able to claim disablement benefit through the Department of Work and Pensions. You may also be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the employer for whom you were working at the time of your exposure, if it can be proved 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 the harmful dust before symptoms of a pneumoconiosis disease appear. If you decide you would like to make a claim for compensation, this can be a complex process, particularly as the negligent employer may have gone out of business. Clear Answers have a wealth of experience in winning compensation for injured workers in these situations, so please contact us if you think you may have a valid claim.

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Types of Pneumoconiosis diseases

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Useful links for Pneumoconiosis sufferers

British Lung Foundation
Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum
Expert Patients Programme
Lung and Asthma Information Agency
Information on Pleural Thickening
The British Thoracic Society

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Making a personal injury compensation claim for pneumoconiosis

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

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