Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Claims

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often shortened to COPD, is the name given to a range of diseases that can lead to permanently damaged lungs. If you suffer from COPD and believe this was caused or exacerbated by exposure to certain dusts and fumes in your workplace, making a claim could help to compensate for what you are going through. JMW can provide expert support throughout the proceedings.

Speak to us today to make a COPD claim and to discuss your options. Doing so is easy, simply call us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back at a time convenient for you.

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COPD Explained

COPD is a term that covers a range of diseases that can cause damage to your lungs and make breathing extremely difficult. The condition is believed to be significantly underdiagnosed in the UK, with millions of people estimated to be sufferers.

The range of diseases covered by COPD include:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive airways disease

Inflammation in the lungs can lead to the organs being permanently altered, with the walls of the airways thickening and more mucus being produced. Emphysema can be caused if the walls of the air sacs in the lungs are damaged, while there can also be a scarring and narrowing of the smaller airways. 


The main symptom of COPD is breathing difficulty, which is caused by airflow obstruction - a narrowing of the airways.

Other signs that you may be suffering from COPD include:

  • Persistent coughing with phlegm
  • Constantly becoming breathless during physical activity
  • Suffering from frequent chest infections


While smoking is the main cause of COPD, there are a range of dusts and fumes that have the potential to cause the disease, especially if exposure is high and over a prolonged period of time. These include:

  • Coal dust
  • Cadmium
  • Mineral dust
  • Silica dust

Occupations at Risk

Due to the effect of exposure over a long period of time, those who work or have worked in the following industries are at particular risk of suffering from COPD:

  • Coal mining
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Quarrying

Making a Claim

In order to succeed with a COPD compensation claim, it needs to be proven that the disease has been directly caused by negligence by an employer or third party. 

Enlisting the help of an experienced law firm well rehearsed in recovering compensation for people in the same situation, such as JMW, will ensure you get the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled. 

It is important to note that if you smoke and suffer from COPD, we are unlikely to be able to pursue a claim for you.

Why Choose JMW?

At JMW, our expert personal injury solicitors are experienced in successfully claiming chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compensation for our clients.

We are a passionate and proactive law firm and will always do whatever is in your best interests and fight your corner to make sure you get the outcome you deserve.

If you have suffered from the disease and believe it to be a direct result of employer negligence, we are here to help you get the right result.

Talk to Us

Find out how the expert team at JMW can assist with your COPD claim today by calling us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back as soon as we can. We can discuss your situation in more detail and answer any queries you may have. 

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