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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.

These harmful contaminants include:

  • dust
  • cleaning liquids and sprays
  • welding fumes
  • various gases
  • flour and grain
  • latex

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. They include:

  • 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 a 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.

Calculating Compensation For Asthma

Asthma is a very broad condition which covers many areas. It can be very severe and dictate almost every aspect of your life, on the other hand, it may be something that is controllable, allowing you to maintain a good standard of life.

Compensation amounts are largely based on the severity of the condition so if you are asking the question: how much compensation for asthma it is worth bearing that in mind.

Compensation scales for asthma

The answers to how much compensation for asthma are below, but if you would like more information please contact Jefferies Solicitors’ personal injury team.

Level of asthma

Potential compensation

Mild asthma which has been treated by a GP and is resolved within a few months£3,650
Relatively mild asthma£7,600 – £13,700
Bronchitis with wheezing but with a good chance of recovery£13,700 – £18,750
Chronic asthma with substantial breathing difficulties, the occasional need for an inhaler and an unclear picture of the future£18,750 – £30,750
Disabling asthma with significant sleep problems an inability to participate in most types of physical activity and limited chances of employment£30,750 – £46,900

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 for a free no-obligation conversation.

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.

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