Example Compensation Claim Case
Mr G was working as a cleaner for a public transport provider. He had performed this job for over 15 years and thoroughly enjoyed what he did. He had never experienced any problems with his health, so when he started experiencing shortness of breath he quickly approached his GP for advice.
Initially Mr G was diagnosed as having a mild chest infection, but after a course of treatment he did not feel any better.
Eventually, after more tests were completed, Mr G was diagnosed with late onset adult asthma.
Initially Mr G did not think much of it and accepted his diagnosis as being “just one of those things” that happen.
However, it soon became clear that a number of other members of staff working for the same company that Mr G worked for had also been diagnosed with late onset adult asthma at approximately the same time.
Mr G did not think this was a coincidence and decided to contact legal help in Ottery St Mary at Accident Advice Helpline.
Legal help in Ottery St Mary
Mr G spoke to Accident Advice Helpline’s injury solicitor in Ottery St Mary and explained the situation and advised them that a further five employers had received the same diagnosis that he had.
The injury solicitor in Ottery St Mary became equally suspicious of the “coincidence” between the diagnoses and arranged for Mr G to see an independent medical expert.
Further investigations indicated that Mr G’s asthma had actually been caused by exposure to a certain chemical that he had been working with. In a cost cutting exercise Mr G’s employer had changed one of the cleaning agents they used, and this agent had a particular asthma inducing chemical included in the recipe. They had also removed all the personal protection equipment they had formerly provided staff members with, for example, face masks to protect them from breathing in the chemicals and rubber/latex gloves to protect their skin.
Mr G’s injury solicitor in Ottery St Mary argued that the employer was responsible for his, and some of his colleagues’ conditions, as they had failed in their duty of care to keep their staff members safe from harm.
Mr G was awarded financial compensation for his condition, which took into account that he would not return to full health again regardless of the treatment offered to him. As a result of his condition he was no longer able to continue running, a hobby he had enjoyed for many years and was very passionate about.
If you have been diagnosed with industrial asthma, or any other form of industrial disease, contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out if you could make a claim. Our in house injury solicitor in Ottery St Mary will be happy to answer any questions you have about the claims process, or specifically relating to the accident or incident you have been involved in.
Date Published: 21st December 2013
Author: David Brown