Pneumoconiosis and claiming compensation in Oxfordshire
If you have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis then you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation in Oxfordshire. Simply contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more.
What is pneumoconiosis?
Pneumoconiosis is actually a term that is used to describe a wide range of lung related diseases, often caused as a result of exposure to substances that contain dust. The type of disease or condition which is developed will vary and is largely dependent on the precise type of dust that is inhaled.
The inhaled dust then caused damage and potentially scarring to the lung and the tissues inside, which in turn can cause breathing difficulties, complications and diseases. It is these which collectively are referred to as pneumoconiosis.
How can you go about claiming compensation in Oxfordshire?
If you have developed pneumoconiosis and work in an environment that is prone to dust then you may find that you are able to make a claim for compensation in Oxfordshire based on industrial disease.
All employers have a legal duty of care to ensure that their staff are kept free from harm. This means ensuring that the working environment is safe at all times and free from hazards and dangerous substances. In situations where this is not possible, for example, if it is a part of the job to work with such substances, then risk assessments should be conducted.
A risk assessment is designed to highlight the potential risks to health for all employees exposed to a particular situation, and to establish ways of mitigating these risks. In noisy work environments a risk could be posed to hearing, therefore steps should be taken to prevent this from occurring by arranging for all at risk employees to wear ear protectors. The same is true of dusty environments. If your employer has performed a risk assessment and established that the dust in the area you are working poses a threat to your health, then it would be advisable to provide face masks or other breathing apparatus.
Failure to do this, either in the form of doing the risk assessment in the first place, or taking the steps suggested by a risk assessment will be a breach of their duty of care. The development of a condition following this will entitle you to claim compensation in Oxfordshire.
Contact us today to start claiming compensation in Oxfordshire
If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to start claiming compensation in Oxfordshire you can take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second test. This will tell you almost immediately not only if you can make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline but also how much that claim might be worth to you.
Following that you can pick up the phone and speak to one of our advisers. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 26th July 2014
Author: David Brown