Could you make a Black Lung Disease claim for compensation?
Every year a total of 1.2 million people suffer injuries in the workplace and a great many also suffer from illnesses which have occurred as a result of the conditions in which they work. However, it is a fact that large proportion of people choose to suffer in silence, as they believe that the symptoms of illness or injury that they have are not severe enough to justify a claim for compensation.
Having to deal with the repercussions of having an illness which has happened as a direct result of where you work is tough. It can affect you – and those around you – emotionally, physically and of course financially. If, therefore you are one of those who is suffering the symptoms of an industrial illness, then why not take some steps to relieve some of the pressure you are under and make a black lung disease claim?
What is Black Lung Disease?
Black lung disease, also known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis occurs in two forms: Simple and complicated (referred to as progressive massive fibrosis – PMF). This disease affects the lungs and can occur if you have breathed in dust from coal, graphite, or man-made carbon over a long period of time.
The prognosis of those diagnosed with black lung disease is usually very good and if exposure to coal dust is avoided it usually does not progress to anything more severe. However, there are a number of complications which can occur, such as:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cor pulmonale (failure of the right side of the heart)
- Respiratory failure
What are its symptoms?
The symptoms of black lung disease, which can be diagnosed by examination, are coughing and a shortness of breath. If you are unfortunate enough to have contracted black lung disease and then suffer any of the associated complications listed above, then the resulting impact on your health can be much more severe.
Could you be eligible for making a black lung disease claim?
The risk of getting black lung disease increases with the length of time during which you have been exposed to – and breathed in – coal, graphite or man-made carbon dust, so it is likely that you will be aged 50 or over.
Anyone who has been injured or developed an illness through no fault of their own can claim for compensation. Therefore, if you can prove that you have developed black lung disease as the result of that fact that you breathed in coal, graphite or man-made carbon dust in the workplace, then you can make a black lung disease claim.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help with your black lung disease claim
At Accident Advice Helpline we work on a strictly ‘no win no fee*’ basis and have years of experience in dealing with industrial accident and illness claims and have a dedicated team of advisors and lawyers trained to help you. To discuss your eligibility to make a black lung disease claim with one of our team, call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Transport accident claims