Why a coal miner might need a specialist solicitor in Middleton by Wirksworth
If you have worked as a coal miner, or an above surface colliery coal worker, you will be aware that you may have spent a considerable amount of time breathing coal dust in to your lungs. The result of this may mean that you develop a condition known as “black lung”. This is a respiratory disease which causes scarring on the lungs and can have a detrimental impact on your breathing and general health.
If you have been diagnosed with such a condition, then you may want to speak to a specialist solicitor in Middleton by Wirksworth about making a claim for financial compensation.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping people just like you make claims for industrial diseases for over 15 years.
An industrial disease is a condition which is developed, usually over time, as result of exposure to certain toxic or hazardous substances within the work place. Such diseases can include asthma, dermatitis, black lung and asbestosis.
If your black lung has been caused as a result of exposure to coal dust through work, then our specialist solicitor in Middleton by Wirksworth may be able to help you make a claim for compensation against your employer.
Your solicitor in Middleton by Wirksworth will help establish if your employer was legally responsible for what has happened to you. Using various employment laws to prove your case, your solicitor in Middleton by Wirksworth will demonstrate that if you have been exposed to coal dust, and your employer did nothing to protect you from the harm this could have caused you, they will have failed in their duty of care.
Your employer would no doubt have been aware of the potential for harm caused by the coal dust particles and should have provided you with the necessary personal protection equipment to mitigate the damage that could be caused. In the case of coal dust, this could include a face mask or other breathing apparatus.
The amount of compensation your solicitor in Middleton by Wirksworth can win on your behalf will vary depending on the severity of the condition you are suffering from. With such a condition you could suffer from:
- A chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Progressively poor lung function
- Disturbed sleep (as a result of coughing)
As symptoms become worse they may have a great impact on your social and work life, ultimately meaning that you may have to take early retirement on medical grounds. Unfortunately, severe black lung may result in premature death.
To find out how much compensation you may be able to claim based on the diagnosis you have been provided by your medical team, you can take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second test today. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 28th April 2014
Author: David Brown