What are Occupational Lung Diseases?
Occupational lung diseases, such as silicosis, occupational asthma and asbestosis, are caused by breathing in harmful substances and irritants like silica, chemical fumes and asbestos.
Who is at risk of developing an occupational lung disease?
There are certain industries which are linked to higher percentages of workers developing respiratory and lung diseases, including the mining, construction, ship building, insulation and chemical refinement industries.
Inhalation of chemical fumes and dusts within these occupations can cause the development of lung diseases such as:
- Occupational asthma
- Black lung
- Respiratory acidosis
This is not an exhaustive list.
Who can make a claim for an occupational lung disease?
Anyone diagnosed with an occupational lung disease within the past 3 years can pursue compensation through a personal injury claim.
It is important to note that the 3 year limitation period for making a personal injury claim for an occupational lung disease starts from the date you were first diagnosed with the disease, rather than when you were exposed to the harmful substances, which could have been many decades ago.
How do you claim for an occupational lung disease?
If you have been diagnosed with an occupational lung disease, it is important to get in touch with Birchall Blackburn Law today to start your claim. Call our team on Freephone 0800 783 8485 or fill in our contact form here and we will get in touch with you.
Our specialist industrial disease solicitors will guide you through the personal injury compensation claims process, and take on all responsibility to let you and your loved ones focus on what is important.
Other industrial disease services
Asbestosis occurs in individuals who have had high levels of prolonged asbestos exposure over many years.
The inhaled asbestos fibres permanently damage the alveoli (the air sacs which supply oxygen to the blood stream) in the lungs.
Nearly all cases of mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos dust. The disease and associated symptoms only present themselves many years after the asbestos exposure occurred.
It only takes minimal exposure to asbestos dust and fibres to cause pleural plaques to develop.
In almost all cases of pleural plaques there are no symptoms and they cause no problems to long term health, which is why in England and Wales there is no compensation available for developing them. Pleural plaques simply indicate that there has been exposure to asbestos.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome affects the joints, blood vessels and nerves around the hand and wrist. The most common symptoms are a tingling, numbness or pain in the fingers, and sometimes a loss of dexterity in the hands, making it hard to grip.
It commonly develops in people whose work involves repetitive tasks, and can make daily tasks, such as driving or getting dressed, difficult.
There are different types of occupational skin diseases, the most common work-related skin disease is industrial dermatitis, which is caused by exposure to certain allergens.
The damage from the noise could take many years to become serious, but could also happen more quickly.
Age, or general fitness, are no protection – young people can be damaged just as easily as the old.