Occupational asthma claims
Supporting you throughout your occupational asthma claim
At AWH Solicitors, we know that living with asthma which has been caused or made worse by work is frustrating and difficult.
We want to help you if you are suffering from breathing issues which have could have been prevented.
If your employer hasn’t attempted to protect you from occupational asthma by providing adequate equipment or ventilation, they might be at fault for your condition developing or getting worse.
Breathing problems are no joke – they can have a real negative impact on how you live your life.
If someone else is to blame, we want to help you hold them accountable. Not only that, but we want to support you throughout your claim, providing guidance whenever you need it.
We’re here to help you receive compensation so you can look forward to your future without having to worry about your finances.
We understand that living with asthma can be very hard and can have a negative impact on your day-to-day life. For example, it might stop you from doing sports or leisure activities with your family. If your asthma becomes really severe you might even have to have equipment fitted in your home, like a stair lift.
These changes to your life wouldn’t happen if your employer provided you with the correct protective equipment, so you are entitled to claim compensation for your suffering.
Our solicitors can help you get this compensation and get your life moving in the right direction again.
What is occupational asthma?
Occupational asthma is a breathing condition which is caused or made worse by your working environment.
Asthma develops from inhaling airborne called asthmagens.
If you have been exposed to these substances, occupational asthma can be sudden or develop months later.
If you’ve suffered from asthma in the past you might be unknowingly overlook that your work environment actually strongly worsened your asthma symptoms.
If your condition is caused or made worse whilst at work this is defined as occupational asthma. In such cases you can claim compensation from your employer for your suffering.
Symptoms of occupational asthma
Symptoms of occupational asthma are the same as asthma. These include:
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing and coughing
- Constricted chest movement
- Asthma attacks
Occupational asthma is not always a permanent condition.
If you distance yourself from things which trigger your asthma, your condition might improve.
If you have suffered from any of the symptoms mentioned above, we recommend that you visit your GP. They will then be able to identify likely causes and provide treatment options suitable for you.
If your GP thinks that your work environment has caused your asthma to develop or worsen, contact our industrial disease team and we can help you get the compensation you deserve from your employer.
You can then look to move forward toward getting your life back to how it was before you began suffering.
Jobs at risk of developing occupational asthma
If you work in any of the following jobs or similar, you’re at high risk of developing occupational asthma:
- Vehicle paint technician
- Flour confectioner
- Process operative
- Metal making and treating process operative
You could also be at risk if you work anywhere where you come across a lot of dust, like construction sites, or even as a hairdresser, where you’re exposed to products which contain chemicals with asthmagens in them.
Your employer should take appropriate steps to prevent you from developing breathing problems. If they don’t, we can help you to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses so that you can begin to get your life back on track.
Your employer is legally obliged to provide all their staff members with a safe working environment.
A breach in this duty of care can have a significant impact on your health. The following factors can put you at a higher risk of developing occupational asthma:
- Poor ventilation
- Inadequate equipment
- Lack of proper safety training
- Failure to limit exposure to asthmagens
- No monitoring or breathing tests
Most occupational asthma causes are easily avoidable. An employer simply needs to assess the working area, identify any potential problems and put adequate safety procedures in place.
If your employer does not attempt to reduce or prevent your exposure to asthmagens, you could be at risk of developing occupational asthma.
Your doctor will be able to help you determine whether your job is the cause of your asthma and offer advice regarding going back to work.
We believe that you shouldn’t have to suffer because of your employer’s negligence, and want to help you get the result you deserve.
Our main aim is to prevent you from suffering any longer and to help you get compensated so that you can look forward to a future without suffering.
What you should do
We can help you if your employer is responsible for causing or worsening your breathing condition.
If you believe that you have occupational asthma, think about the following questions:
- Am I exposed to any airborne substances during my working day?
- Is my employer failing to put adequate safety precautions in place to reduce the risk of asthma?
- Do my asthma symptoms worsen during working hours?
- Does my asthma improve when I am away from work?
- Does my breathing improve during an annual holiday, or a long period of time away from work?
Answering yes to any of the questions could mean that you have a claim for occupational asthma compensation.
We understand that asthma can get in the way of your life, so if it’s developed or been worsened due to someone else’s negligence, you’ll want to do something about it.
Our team can help you do that, standing by your side and supporting you throughout the whole claims process. We want to see your employer brought to justice, and will be committed to doing so, so that you can move forward.
Expert industrial disease solicitors
We can help you
If your employer has failed to follow necessary health and safety rules, contact us today. Our solicitors will stand by you throughout your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
We tailor our approach around your requirements are fully committed to getting you the result that is in your best interests.
We will make sure you are compensated for any pain and suffering, financial setbacks and medical care required now and in the future.
If you are going to pursue an occupational asthma compensation claim, you should know that there is a three-year time limit which applies.
The time frame usually starts from the date you were last exposed to the substance or environment that caused the development of occupational asthma, or the date you recognised that your breathing condition was caused by your work.
Contact us and our team will be able to help you establish whether you have a case.
We pride ourselves in the fact that we don’t just offer legal services, but we also support and guide our clients when they need us most.
Let us help you get your life back today.
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