Having your symptoms checked immediately by a local GP will allow you to gain access to the right medical treatment, and provide you with valuable advice on working with Asthmagens. The diagnosis can also help to strengthen your compensation claim, verifying that your work has caused your medical condition.
Do I have occupational asthma symptoms?
It is known that people can become sensitive to a workplace substance, even years after they started working close to the allergen. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may want to get an occupational asthma diagnosis from your GP:
- Tightened chest
- Wheezing and coughing
- Sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose
A medical professional is likely to ask whether these occupational asthma symptoms worsen during the working week, including during work hours, after work and at night. They will also check whether they improve while away from workplace Asthmagens for an extended period of time, as this can help them to determine whether or not you have developed work-related asthma.
What to do after your occupational asthma diagnosis
Once you have an occupational asthma diagnosis and have discussed your breathing condition with a GP or specialist, take their medical advice onboard to help protect your health for the future.
You are likely to be advised not to work with Asthmagens in the long term, and to use protective equipment if you are to carry on working with them for a short period of time. If you worker has failed to put effective safety measures in place to reduce your exposure to such substances, your GP may also recommend that you seek another job or attempt to discuss workplace changes with your employer.
Of course, if occupational asthma has been caused by an employer failing to adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You can also claim for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit as a result of your exposure.
If you wish to pursue an occupational asthma claim, get in contact with Roberts Jackson on 0800 001 4496 to speak with a highly experienced member of our legal team.