Chronic Lung Disease Claims

Chronic lung diseases are often sustained as a result of an employee being exposed to harmful dust or chemicals while at work. Such exposure can be caused by negligence on the part of the employer and it is therefore possible to claim financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical fees and rehabilitation costs you may have had to pay. At JMW, we have the expertise to ensure your case is successful.

To speak to a member of our team today, call 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible to provide advice and assistance on your occupational lung disease claim. 

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About Occupational Lung Disease

Occupational (or Industrial) lung diseases are the result of exposure to harmful materials, substances or chemicals. Exposure can be long-term, or it can be short-lived but intense enough to cause someone to develop a lung condition. People who are particularly vulnerable to these kinds of illnesses include those who work in:

  • Industrial settings
  • The construction industry
  • The manufacturing sector
  • Farming

There are various forms of occupational lung disease, and the most common include:

  • Asbestosis - This is a long-term lung condition caused when a person is exposed to asbestos over a long period of time. The substance is very dangerous and was formerly prevalent in the construction industry.
  • Pulmonary fibrosis - This is a rarer condition, and the cause is unknown. However, it causes scarring of the lungs and can become worse over time.
  • Silicosis - This is a long-term lung disease usually caused when large amounts of crystalline silica dust, which is found in certain types of rock, stone, clay and sand, is inhaled over a period of many years.
  • Farmer's lung - This is an allergic disease sometimes suffered by agricultural workers who breathe in dust from hay or crops that have gone mouldy.
  • Asthma - This condition can cause people to suffer from coughing and breathlessness. Although not commonly developed as a result of exposure to substances at work, some individuals who develop the disease can link the condition back to workplace exposure.


Diseases of this type are typically caused by long-term or excessive exposure to certain minerals and substances, which may be inhaled during the course of an individual's employment, either while they carried out a role for their employer or while they were contracted on behalf of a third party that their employer was in partnership with.

Employers should make sure that precautions are taken when dealing with materials likely to cause chronic lung diseases. Sadly, this isn't always the case. Materials that are particularly likely to lead to the development of lung diseases through exposure include:

  • Mineral dust, such as that from coal, asbestos and aluminium
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Chlorines
  • Ammonia
  • Nitrogen
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene

Making a Claim

Chronic lung disease could refer to a number of different breathing disorders caused by exposure to harmful materials such as asbestos, or to chemicals such as benzene.

We regularly make claims for people suffering from respiratory diseases like asbestosis and pneumoconiosis.

If it can be shown that your employer behaved negligently at the time of exposure, and was therefore legally at fault, you will be eligible to make a chronic lung disease compensation claim.

A compensation claim will not only provide recompense for your employer's negligence, it will also ensure you are able to cover costly medical expenses and other financial outlays you may need to make as a result of your illness.  

Why Choose JMW?

The team at JMW understands how debilitating an occupational lung disease can be, and we will do everything in our power to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your illness.

Our solicitors are friendly, sympathetic and thoroughly experienced. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about the process and we are here to offer support throughout from beginning to end. 

Talk to Us

To speak to a solicitor about making a chronic lung disease compensation claim for asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis or an equivalent occupational lung disease, call JMW today on 0800 054 6570. Alternatively, contact us using our online enquiry form and we will be in touch to discuss your situation.

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