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If you have suffered from pneumoconiosis and believe your illness was due to your working environment, we can help you make a claim for compensation. At JMW, we are highly experienced in dealing with cases of this nature and understand the true extent of these types of chronic lung conditions. We can provide the support you need to make sure your claim is a successful one.
Contact the JMW industrial disease team today to find out more about how we can help. Simply call us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back at a time convenient for you.
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Pneumoconiosis refers to a group of industrial lung diseases that are caused by the inhalation and retention in the lungs of hazardous dust. Sufferers may fall ill after working in the mining industry and inhaling dust from coal, but pneumoconiosis can also develop following the inhalation of asbestos, carbon or silica.
It can also be caused by products commonly used in the cotton and iron industries. Sufferers can be left in pain, with difficult breathing and a reduced ability to carry out even the simplest of day-to-day tasks.
Pneumoconiosis can take a number of years to develop; sometimes over ten years. This means that if you are suffering from the condition, its onset may date back to a job or career you pursued prior to your current role.
Pneumoconiosis cases can be broadly categorised into several types of disease:
- Coal worker's pneumoconiosis
- Kaolin pneumoconiosis
The main symptom of pneumoconiosis is shortness of breath. Severity differs from person to person and could range from struggling for breath when taking part in strenuous exercise to more serious breathing difficulties even when undertaking everyday tasks, such as walking the dog.
Other symptoms include:
- Tight feeling in the chest
- Shortness of breath
Chronic pneumoconiosis can contribute to the development of other conditions, including:
Some of the jobs most commonly associated with high levels of risk when it comes to developing conditions linked with pneumoconiosis include:
- Asbestos removal
- Iron workers
- Foundry workers
- Road and building construction
- Stone cutting
- Sand blasting
If you want to make a pneumoconiosis claim, JMW is best placed to help. We have years of experience and medical knowledge behind us and will provide expert guidance every step of the way.
Our extensive experience in making industrial disease claims for chronic lung disease claims arising from negligent exposure in the workplace means we understand the implications of these types of conditions and are fully committed to helping sufferers secure the compensation to which they are entitled.