Occupational asthma is asthma caused by exposure to substances in the workplace, but unlike accidents in the workplace, the problem can be underlying for some time and actually be made worse.
Asthma in the workplace can be brought about by a number of factors such as an allergic reaction, an irritant reaction or a reaction which results in body chemicals, building up in the lung and causing an asthma attack. And unlike a work accident it can be quite difficult to diagnose work-related asthma.
It’s generally accepted that if your symptoms are worse on days that you work and get better if you are at home for any length of time, before recurring when you return to work, you could well be suffering from occupational asthma.
Symptoms of occupational asthma include:
- Constant coughing
- Tightness of the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty in breathing
- Nasal congestion
- Eye irritation
- Build up of mucus or a runny nose
As stated earlier, this can be allergy-related or a reaction from exposure to substances in the workplace.
If you think you are suffering from occupational asthma, it is advised that you seek medical advice and a possible referral to an asthma specialist, as they will carry out a detailed health examination, including reviewing your medical history and carrying out tests to assess the full extent of the reaction.
Work-related asthma is a serious issue and can be just as dangerous as accidents at work or slips, trips and falls. The damage may not be as severe, but the effects can be life changing as well as long lasting.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with a range of different cases and we have years of experience in handling compensation cases. We are also very experienced when it comes to accidents in the workplace.
In order to help you decide if you have a case for compensation, we provide a quick 30-second test, which prompts you to ask the following questions:
- Have you been injured in the last 3 years?
- Was the accident your fault or somebody else’s fault?
- Did you seek medical help after the accident?
- Where did the accident take place?
In the majority of cases, there is no need to attend court and most of the information gathering is done over the telephone.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 and get the ball rolling with your compensation claim or visit our website for more information.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice