Industrial asthma claims
What is occupational asthma?
Occupational asthma is a breathing condition that is caused by inhaling airborne substances at work.
If you are regularly exposed to such substances at work, also known as ‘asthmagens’, you can start developing symptoms of occupational asthma. These symptoms can affect you suddenly or develop slowly over a longer period of time.
With the right safety precautions in place, exposure to asthmagens can be limited, protecting you from developing occupational asthma. Workplaces should be well ventilated, and you should be provided with adequate PPE and plenty of breaks away from the work floor.
Your asthma might be more noticeable while you are at work, as you are exposed to asthmagens triggering your symptoms. Away from work, for example while you are on holiday, your symptoms can often start to fade.
It might not always be immediately clear if your asthma is occupational, and if you would be entitled to compensation for your condition.
Our expert solicitors will be able to help you assess if your asthma is work-related, and if you can make an occupational asthma claim.
Assessing if your asthma is work related
Are you suffering from asthma, but are you not sure it’s work-related? Ask yourself the below 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?
If you have answered yes to one or more of the above questions you could be suffering from occupational asthma.
Our solicitors can help you assess if your asthma is work-related.
Managing occupational asthma symptoms
Occupational asthma is not always permanent. By taking the right safety precautions and following your GP’s advice your condition can improve over time.
Your GP will be able to diagnose your condition and provide you with advice and treatment.
Once diagnosed, you should inform your employer of your condition too. They must carry out a risk assessment and put in place health and safety measures to ensure your exposure to asthmagens is limited. This will help prevent your health deteriorating further and your asthma symptoms from worsening.
After your diagnosis, we will be able to help you get started with your occupational asthma compensation claim.
Jobs at risk of developing occupational asthma
Occupational asthma can be caused in any type of work environment where asthmagens are present. However, it’s important to note that in certain occupations the risk of developing occupational asthma will be significantly higher.
If you work in any of the following jobs, you’re at a high risk of developing occupational asthma:
- Vehicle paint technician
- Flour confectioner
- Process operative
- Metal making and treating process operative
You could also be at a higher risk if you work anywhere where a lot of dust is present, like on a construction site.
In the above roles your employer should take extra care to prevent you from developing industrial asthma.
If they haven’t, and you have developed asthma as a result, we can help you with your work-related asthma compensation claim.
Your employer is legally obliged to ensure your work won’t have a negative affect on your health.
Especially in high risk industries, employers must do what they can to limit your exposure to asthmagens.
Work areas should have proper ventilation in place and employees should be provided with adequate equipment and safety training.
Furthermore, employers should carry out regular risk assessments and act swiftly if any risks are identified.
You should never be made to work in an environment which negatively affects your health and wellbeing. If your health has been affected as a result of health and safety failings in the workplace, we can help you start your industrial asthma claim.
Time frame in which you can make an industrial asthma claim
You can start your occupational asthma compensation claim if it has been less than three years since your symptoms first occurred.
If you were already suffering from asthma, and your symptoms started to worsen after exposure to asthmagens at work in the last 3 years, then you may also be able to claim compensation.
Starting your occupational asthma compensation claim
Compensation for occupational asthma
If you are suffering from occupational asthma that was caused or worsened in the last 3 years we can help you claim compensation.
When you get in touch we will be able to tell you if you have a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.
Our industrial disease solicitors are experts in occupational asthma claims.
Book your consultation today, and find out how much you can claim.
- How can I find out if I can claim compensation for asthma?
Our occupational asthma solicitors can help you assess if you can claim compensation in just 1 quick call.
Generally, for us to help you claim compensation your occupational asthma symptoms should have started in the last three years. You can claim compensation if asthma was caused at work, or if your existing asthma was worsened at work.
- What should my employer have done to prevent my occupational asthma?
Asthma develops from inhaling airborne substances called asthmagens.
If you work in a workplace where it can be reasonably assumed that asthmagens are present your employer should always ensure:
- Proper ventilation
- Adequate health and safety equipment (e.g. masks)
- Proper safety training available to all staff
- They have done what they can to limit the exposure to asthmagens
If your employer didn't do what they could to prevent your asthma from developing or worsening, you can claim compensation.
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