If you are feeling breathless either during or after work, it could be possible that certain chemicals or substances in your working environment are damaging your airway and causing you to develop occupational asthma.
Are you feeling breathless because of work?
A common issue is often people do not make the connection between work and their asthma. Employers are 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 such as hazardous substances can put you at a higher risk of developing occupational asthma:
- Poor ventilation
- No or inadequate equipment
- Lack of proper safety training
- Failure to limit exposure to Asthmagens
- No monitoring or breathing tests
How much is my Asthma claim worth?
Below are some of the typical amounts you could receive with an Occupational Asthma claim.
- Mild Asthma, Breathing Issues Up to £3,400
- Relatively Mild Symptoms £7,000 to £12,000
- Bronchitis and Wheezing £12,000 to £17,000
- Chronic Asthma £17,000 to £28,000
- Severe Disabling Asthma £28,000 to £43,000
*All figures are taken from the Judicial College guidelines (formerly the Judicial Studies Board guidelines)
Support from your employer
Your employer is responsible for protecting your health and safety at work, so you should inform them if you are feeling breathless or have any other occupational asthma symptoms.
This will give them an opportunity to put equipment and measures in place to reduce or control your exposure to Asthmagens and prevent your asthma symptoms from becoming worse or permanent.
Medical advice and treatment
We would also recommend that you book an appointment with a GP if you are feeling breathless. They will be able to provide you with access to any prescriptions and medical treatment you need, and offer advice on how to alleviate and control symptoms so that you can live comfortably once again.
Legal assistance when claiming compensation
If your employer doesn’t implement health and safety measures to reduce or control the occupational hazards impacting upon your breathing, which causes your occupational asthma symptoms to continue, worsen or become permanent, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
With plenty of experience in running compensation claims for people whose health has suffered at work, our solicitors will be able to manage a claim on your behalf. The team will work hard to ensure that you are fully recompensed for any pain and suffering caused and have access to the financial support and medical treatment you need at present and in the future.
If you would like to talk about pursuing an occupational compensation claim with us, contact our legal team on 0800 001 4496 for further information.