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Respiratory Diseases

Compensation for respiratory diseases

Respiratory diseases can be caused or made worse by your working environment. If you believe that you have developed a respiratory disease due to your exposure to harmful substances in your workplace, you may be able to claim compensation for your injury.

We are the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK and have an exceptional track record of bringing claims for industrial illness and respiratory diseases. Our specialist industrial disease lawyers have access to experienced medical experts and other professionals.

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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Please select one of the links below to read more about respiratory diseases and how Clear Answers may be able to help you bring a claim for industrial disease compensation.

Work-related respiratory diseases

Respiratory diseases can be caused by inhaling harmful dust, vapours or fumes at work. The effects range from temporary irritation to permanent sensitisation and can lead to severe disability. Some cases are fatal.

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Examples of work related respiratory diseases

Please see our index of industrial diseases that provides links to more information on these and many other respiratory and industrial diseases.

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Causes and risks of respiratory diseases

Coal dust, asbestos, welding fumes, and silica dust, are all known to cause or increase the risk of developing lung diseases. Employers have a duty to reduce that risk to a minimum, and wherever possible, remove the risk altogether.

Industries such as construction, shipbuilding, engineering, woodworking, mining, stonemasonry, printing and textiles, are all known to expose workers to a higher risk of exposure to potentially harmful dust and fumes.

Workers involved in industrial chemical processes have an increased risk of developing respiratory disease. Chemicals such as solvents, chlorine, ammonia and pesticides, are all known to cause respiratory diseases if workers are not adequately protected.

Employers have a duty of care to ensure employees are not exposed to substances that can foreseeably damage their health. Preventative measures such as adequate ventilation and extraction, the use of personal protective equipment, can all help reduce the risks of exposure. Where possible however, substituting chemicals known to pose a risk to workers, with others that are safer, is recommended. If this is not possible, separating the workers from the process by installing enclosed systems or cabinets will help reduce the risk of exposure.

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Symptoms of respiratory diseases

There are many forms of respiratory diseases, and although the symptoms may vary, there are some common symptoms that might indicate that you are suffering from a respiratory disease, developed as a result of conditions in your working environment.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms and you believe you may have been exposed to a harmful substance in your workplace, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

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Making a compensation claim for a respiratory disease

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

Clear Answers' solicitors has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers specialising in all types of respiratory diseases. They are able to offer expert industrial disease claim advice and have huge experience of work-related disease claims. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have in plain English.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so if you have been diagnosed with a work-related respiratory disease, please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for industrial disease compensation.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

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