Most of us know someone that suffers from, or has suffered from, asthma. It is a fairly common childhood condition, and many adults also suffer from it.
However, most people don’t know that asthma can in fact be an occupational condition, and falls under the umbrella of “industrial diseases”. If your asthma has been caused by exposure to certain materials or substances within the work place or during the course of performing your work related duties, then you might be able to make a compensation claim in Upperweardale.
What is occupational asthma?
Occupational asthma is a relatively common lung problem which is caused by direct exposure to certain materials, substances or even conditions within the working environment.
Symptoms of occupational asthma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty exercising
- Tightness in the chest
Symptoms of course vary depending on the severity of the condition.
Who could make a compensation claim in Upperweardale?
There are a variety of common occupations in which workers may find themselves developing occupational asthma. These include:
- Electrical production workers
- Bakers and flour confectioners
- Chemical plant workers
- Storage workers
- Farm workers
- Textile workers
- Spray painters
This is by no means a comprehensive list, in fact, anyone who works with certain substances, known collectively as respiratory sensitizers, is at potential risk of developing occupational asthma and might be eligible to make a compensation claim in Upperweardale.
What substances could cause risk?
As we’ve already mentioned, bakers and flour confectioners are at risk of occupational asthma because flour and grain dust, primarily used in industrial baking, can cause asthma.
Wood dust is also a potential hazard, thus carpenters and joiners are often at high levels of risk.
Dust found in latex gloves can also pose a significant risk for nurses, dental practitioners and even crime scene investigators!
What should I do if I think I have occupational asthma?
If you think you might have asthma you should contact your family doctor as soon as possible to discuss your symptoms and obtain an official diagnosis. They will then be able to ascertain the best course of treatment for your particular condition and this will hopefully put you on the path to some form of recovery.
If you think your asthma has been caused because of your working environment you might be entitled to make a compensation claim in Upperweardale, in which case you should contact Accident Advice Helpline immediately.
How to make a claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 15 years of experience in dealing with a variety of personal injury claims including industrial diseases, of which occupational asthma is just one example.
Our specialised in house solicitors are fully trained to deal with every aspect of your compensation claim in Upperweardale and will ensure you receive the very best legal representation there is. They will work with you to ascertain the nature of your illness, the impact this has had and will continue to have on your life, and perhaps your ability to work, and will seek financial compensation on your behalf. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.