If you are concerned about your breathing, read our occupational asthma claims FAQs.
At Roberts Jackson, our solicitors provide support to people whose health has been affected by their work. Within our FAQs section, we have provided helpful information on occupational asthma and the legal guidance that we can offer to people with the condition.
What is occupational asthma?
Occupational asthma is a serious condition caused by exposure to certain chemicals and substances within working environments. It is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease which can lead to sufferers experiencing breathing problems and other asthma symptoms.
What are the main causes of occupational asthma?
Occupational asthma is caused by substances known as respiratory sensitisers. There are currently over 200 substances used in workplaces that are known to cause the breathing condition, with more being discovered all the time. Once inhaled, they can lead to lung inflammation, which can result in asthma.
Occupational asthma affects different people to different degrees and can take weeks, months and years to develop, depending on the person and the substance. Your employer should adequately protect you against any respiratory sensitisers present within the workplace in order to reduce the risk of you developing occupational asthma.
What are the symptoms of the breathing condition?
The most common symptoms of occupational asthma to look out for include:
- Chest pressure and tightness
- Feeling breathless
- Difficulty breathing
Occupational asthma sufferers tend to find that their symptoms worsen during the working week or after work, causing their sleep to suffer. It is also often accompanied by other conditions including rhinitis, conjunctivitis and inflamed eyes.
What steps should I follow if I believe I have occupational asthma?
If you think that you have occupational asthma, we recommend that you:
- Visit a medical specialist to get an official diagnosis and access to any medical advice and treatment that you require.
- Inform your employer of your symptoms so that they can carry out a further risk assessment and implement any additional health and safety measures needed.
- Claim for the compensation you require for any pain and suffering, medical treatment and financial setbacks suffered.
How do I claim for Occupational Asthma compensation?
If you have occupational asthma, Roberts Jackson Solicitors are specialists in occupational asthma claims and we will handle the compensation claim on your behalf.
If we believe that it is in your best interests to pursue a claim, we will build a case against the responsible party and negotiate your settlement with the business at fault. Our team will also regularly update you on any progress, while your dedicated solicitor will work hard to secure you the payout you deserve.
How much compensation will I receive for occupational asthma?
The amount of compensation you receive will depend entirely on your personal circumstances.
At Roberts Jackson, we will take your pain and suffering, medical expenses and financial setbacks into consideration when calculating your compensation, while making sure that any possible future issues that could be caused by your occupational asthma are also taken into consideration.
We will then work hard during negotiations to secure you the maximum level of compensation you deserve within the minimum possible amount of time.
If you would like to find out more about our occupational asthma claims process, please feel free to contact us on 0800 001 4496 for a free initial consultation.