Nationwide Personal Injury Solicitors


Occupational Asthma - Bronchitis - Emphysema

In the UK over 2 million workers suffer annually from work-related injuries, occupation disease or industrial illnesses. Many peoples do not realize that working in a dusty or fume filled environment can lead to serious and permanent industrial diseases that can cause chest infections including work related occupational asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. If you have experienced, coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue and/or wheezing, you may be suffering from a work induced chest infection and may be eligible for compensation from your employer.

Dust & Fumes – Chronic Chest Infections

Industrial workers are not only in danger of direct injury from heavy equipment or caustic chemicals but the general work environment may also make them ill if it is not clean and well ventilated. Breathing almost any particles for a prolonged period can lead to various industrial illnesses most of which are life threatening and many of which are fatal with no reasonable possibility of effective treatment. Fumes and gaseous contaminants often cause serious chest complaints and long term chest infections and disability including occupational asthma, bronchitis and emphysema

Breathlessness and Chest Infections – Unsafe Environment

Simple chest infections that appear to be caused by inhalation of contaminants may in fact be indicative of the more serious illnesses of occupational asthma, emphysema and bronchitis which can become serious debilitating illnesses. Chest infections can be triggered by dust or fumes that are inhaled at the workplace, construction site or in a factory. If you have developed a bad cough that won’t go away, tightness in your chest, breathlessness or other chest infection related symptoms you should seek medical treatment immediately and also take advice as to whether or not your medical condition could stem from the workplace.

Health & Safety Regulations – Protective Equipment

UK Health and Safety regulations require your employer to provide you with appropriate protective clothing and equipment if you are working in a hazardous area that is dusty or fume-filled. In addition there must be adequate mechanical ventilation. Your employer is under a legal duty to provide adequate equipment and training relating to safe working practices under such conditions. If your employer has failed to comply with the law and you have since developed a chest infection or one of the more serious illnesses such as occupational asthma, occupational emphysema or occupational bronchitis, then you need to seek legal advice.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims

You should take legal advice as soon as possible after diagnosis even though a considerable amount of time may have passed between exposure and the appearance of identifiable symptoms. In these cases the normal time limits do not apply and time does not start running until either the problem is discovered or should have been discovered with reasonable diligence. Once any symptoms appear you should waste no time in taking medical and legal advice and a qualified lawyer will be able to advise you on how best to preserve your legal right to compensation. Just call the helpline for free advice from a specialist solicitor without further obligation. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.

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