Occupational asthma and other work related respiratory diseases can be triggered by accidents at work or prolonged exposure to irritants and allergens, including cigarette smoke.
Past and present
Laws now make it illegal to smoke in offices, factories and most public places. This enables non-smokers to work, free from the fear of developing occupational respiratory conditions as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke in the future.
For many workers who had to endure others smoking around them in the past, however, it could well be too late.
Occupational asthma, like many other work-related conditions, can take years to develop or be diagnosed, so someone exposed to second-hand smoke years ago could suddenly find themselves in a situation where their condition makes it impossible to work or even lead a normal life.
Employers and smoking
Health and safety regulations mean employers are responsible for the well-being of their workers. This means they have a duty to prevent workplace accidents and provide a safe, healthy working environment.
Allowing workers to smoke at work and subsequently inflict damage on the health of colleagues is effectively a breach of this duty. Affected workers may subsequently be entitled to work injury compensation.
Compensation claims for injuries at work usually have to be made within three years of the date a work accident resulted in the injury to be claimed for. As work related asthma and other industrial illness can sometimes take many years before they become apparent and/or are diagnosed; this time limit does not commence in such cases until the date the industrial disease is diagnosed.
What to do
If you are diagnosed with work induced asthma or sustained an injury at work, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible.
Arguably, Accident Advice Helpline is the most adept law firm in the country, to help deal with your industrial injury claim. First of all, we have an exceptional success rate. This is partly due to the fact that legal team has plenty of experience after assisting work accident victims in securing compensation for over 15 years.
By working on a no-win no-fee* basis, and not taking on cases with little or no chance of success, Accident Advice Helpline also avoids placing unnecessary burdens on your financial situation.
Contact with our law firm can be established by calling Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice