Accidents at work are often thought of as slips, trips and falls in the office or trauma injuries following falling objects in the stock room. Unfortunately for some, work can involve tasks that lead to severe, long-term occupational illness and injury.
Work-related illness: Byssinosis
Byssinosis, also known as ‘brown lung disease’, is a respiratory disease caused by inhaling particles from materials such as cotton, hemp and flax.
Referred to as occupational asthma, byssinosis is a work-related illness prevalent in those who have worked in the textile industry.
Who is to blame for occupational asthma?
It may be that at the time you worked in the textile sector, the same importance wasn’t placed on health and safety in the workplace. This may have meant that you were not given a mask or other protective attire while working, for example when operating a mill.
Regardless of when you worked in the textile industry, employers have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety.
When you sustain a work-related injury or contract an occupational illness, it may be that your employer has failed in this legal obligation and therefore, are liable for your condition and the changes it causes to your everyday life.
Claiming personal injury compensation for byssinosis
While most work-related injury and illness cases can only be considered for the claims process if they occurred within the last three years, it has become law that any person in the UK who contracted byssinosis before 5 July 1948 may be entitled to claim compensation for the harm they have suffered.
This is only the case if you have not received damages or Workmen’s Compensation Industrial Injuries Benefits for the disease.
Due to the complications surrounding long-term illnesses and work-related claims, it is worth seeking advice from a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline
Boasting years of experience in assisting victims of work-related illness and injury recover the compensation they are entitled to, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm you can trust.
Working on a no win no fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline’s nationwide team of specialists and legal professionals work with the primary aim of ensuring you receive the personal injury compensation you deserve for your occupational illness.
Whatever the circumstances of your case, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. Their Freephone helpline is open 24 hours, seven days a week, offering free initial consultations with no pressure to pursue your claim.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice