Black lung disease is known as an occupational disease since it only affects those who have worked in industries that generate lots of dust through coal or other similar items. For those working in these conditions it was easy to breathe in the dust on a daily basis at work. Years later many people developed the condition called black lung disease. This is the casual term given to a disease more properly known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis.
The disease develops in one of two types. The first is known as simple coal worker’s pneumoconiosis and develops with symptoms of breathlessness and a bad cough. The second type is known as progressive massive fibrosis. It is called progressive because it gradually gets worse over time. This presents with the same symptoms as above but it also produces a black sputum when coughing. Other symptoms such as heart problems and lungs that don’t work as they should can also develop in this case.
While there are no treatments to cure either form of black lung disease, the sooner the condition is diagnosed the sooner an individual can receive treatments that may ease the symptoms a little. A failure to diagnose black lung disease is frustrating and worrying, although it thankfully does not commonly occur.
How could your life change if you have black lung disease that is not promptly diagnosed?
This is not a treatable disease so you may wonder what difference it would make if there were to be a failure to diagnose black lung disease. However if you are promptly diagnosed you know where you stand. You have time to consider compensation from your employers as a result of developing the disease. You can also do things you want to do before your health starts to worsen.
How could Accident Advice Helpline help you?
Knowing where to turn in this situation can be difficult. Fortunately we have the answer for you. Accident Advice Helpline has been in business for 14 years and we have that much experience to put to work for you in your case. Call us now on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – to speak to someone about your situation. Our knowledgeable legal experts will determine whether you have a strong chance of making a no win, no fee claim against your former employers. Suffering from black lung disease is a tough situation to be in – we could help you make the best of it financially.