Occupational Asthma Claims
Claims for occupational asthma compensation are commonplace with a predicted 2 million workers in the UK at risk of developing the condition.
Asthma and breathing problems can be caused by various harmful particles in many different working environments.
Harmful contaminants include:
- cleaning liquids and sprays
- welding fumes
- various gases
- flour and grain
There are some common working environments where people can become afflicted with occupational asthma. The employees who work in these environments may be able to make occupational asthma claims for compensation. This includes:
- Those working with hospital cleaning agents on a regular basis
- Those working with paint fumes or adhesives e.g. paint manufacturing or in a factory using polyurethane paints
- Papermill employees
- Carpenters and joiners
Your employer’s responsibility
Employers have the responsibility to remove or prohibit access to material or equipment that produces hazardous substances; they must also provide protective clothing and equipment, including items like extractor fans that will keep the air cleaner.
Regarding harmful substances specifically, there is the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Regulations in place for employees to adhere to.
A successful occupational asthma claim
In order to be successful in your claim, certain facts will need to be established at the outset, including:
- Evidence that there are harmful fumes or dust contaminating the air in the place where you work
- That these harmful sensitising agents have caused your asthma
- That your asthma is related to where you work
- That your condition did not originate from a source external of work
It can take from 6 months to develop occupational asthma; although in rare cases, some symptoms don’t emerge for 20 years. In most claim cases where there is a late onset of the condition, it is usually a result of where someone used to work.
Making your occupational asthma claim with us
If you feel your employer has neglected their responsibilities and you have been forced to consider an occupational asthma claim, then please start the process with us at your earliest convenience.
Time limits do apply to all personal injury claims including occupational asthma claims, so it is important to contact Jefferies Solicitors to organise an initial consultation. Our occupational claims team is more than willing to assist you with any initial questions you may have, please contact us on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch online.
Other Types Of Industrial Illness Claims
Our personal injury solicitors also work with people looking to claim compensation after suffering other kinds of occupational illness, including chemical poisoning, asbestos-related diseases and legionnaires disease. If you’ve suffered from any of the above or another kind of industrial illness, we may be able to help.