According to Asthma UK, more than a quarter of people with asthma miss work as a result of their illness every year.
Asthma is a common condition, which causes shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness in the chest. Asthma at work can be made worse by exposure to certain environments and is often seen in people who work in dusty and highly polluted settings, as well as those who work with chemicals, animals and certain materials.
If you have occupational asthma, or you have suffered another work-related ailment or accident at work, you may wish to consider pursuing a case for compensation.
Symptoms of asthma
Asthma affects breathing and it can potentially be very serious. In cases where symptoms suddenly or gradually become more severe, an individual can have an asthma attack. Asthma attacks should be treated immediately, as they can be very serious and even fatal.
The most common symptoms of asthma include:
- wheezing: making a whistling sound when you breathe in and out
- gasping for breath: when you feel like you can’t get enough oxygen and you struggle to breathe
- a tight chest: when the chest suddenly feels tight and you struggle for breath
Dealing with asthma at work
If you suffer from asthma or a work-related injury, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself at work and this includes following treatment instructions from your doctor, attending regular check-ups and carrying an inhaler with you at all times.
You should make your employer aware of your condition, so that they are able to assist you in the event of an emergency and take steps, such as offering first aid training, to make your working environment a safer and healthier place.
Some jobs carry a higher risk of developing asthma at work, and should generally be avoided by people who have very severe cases of asthma. Examples of these jobs include:
- baker, where flour dust is a trigger
- healthcare worker
- working with animals
- gardening and horticulture, where pollen is a trigger
- manufacturing and working in industrial settings
- spray painting and shipbuilding
Claiming compensation for occupational illness
If you develop asthma or any work-related illness, or your symptoms get worse as a result of work injuries, a work accident, or your working environment, and you believe that your employer has displayed negligence, you may be able to claim work injury compensation.
If you’d like to find out more and talk to an adviser about your work illness compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or take the 30-second online eligibility test today.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice