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Occupational Asthma Compensation Claims
If you believe you have suffered from occupational asthma or think that your working conditions have made your existing asthma worse, the legal experts at JMW can help you make a successful occupational asthma claim. We have dealt with numerous cases of this type and can provide you with access to leading legal experts who can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Speak to us today to find out more about how we can help and get your claim underway. Either call us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We will deal with your claim on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you will not place yourself at any financial risk. We aim to make the process as stress-free as possible, allowing you to focus solely on treating your condition.
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- About Occupational Asthma
- Allergic Occupational Asthma
- Irritant-induced Occupational Asthma
- Making a Claim
- Why Choose JMW?
Estimates of numbers of those suffering from occupational asthma vary between sources, thanks to different measurement metrics, but the HSE has highlighted that the most recent research period indicates vehicle paint technicians and bakers/flour confectioners were the occupations with highest rates of new cases each year. Figures can include people who have never suffered from asthma before but have been exposed to substances known as respiratory sensitisers or asthmagens, which cause changes in the airways. Equally, it can mean people who have already suffered from pre-existing asthma, who may find that certain irritants can trigger attacks and worsen their condition.
There are two types of occupational asthma, and these are categorised by what causes the condition:
- Allergic occupational asthma
- Irritant-induced occupational asthma
This is the name given if your asthma is triggered by allergens in the workplace. These allergens can include car fumes, pet dander and flour dust, and are known as 'respiratory sensitisers' because they make your airways hypersensitive by causing changes to these pathways.
It is unlikely that your immune system will become sensitive to an allergen straight away, and so it may take a while before you experience symptoms of asthma. In some cases, it can be years before symptoms are noticeable.
This form of asthma is caused when you breathe in a chemical at your place of work that leads to asthma symptoms after irritation is caused to the airways. This could occur following an accidental chemical spillage at work, for example, and may include irritant chemicals such as ammonia and chlorine, which are used in refrigerators and swimming pools respectively.
When pursuing an occupational asthma claim, it is important to ensure you are adequately compensated. A final compensation award should be a sum that covers not only the symptoms of asthma, but also the effect that this has on your everyday life. For example, you may be unable to work with a particular substance after becoming sensitised to it in your current employment and need to seek alternative employment, or you may require ongoing prescription drugs at cost. A skilled lawyer will ensure your compensation award addresses all aspects of financial expenditure and physical discomfort you have been subject to, as the result of another party’s negligence.
As soon as you have an inclination that you may be suffering from asthma as a result of your workplace, it is essential you seek expert legal advice.
At JMW, we have the experience and expertise needed to make a successful claim on your behalf. We will help you every step of the way and can provide the guidance you need to make sure everything is taken care of correctly and effectively.
We want to make the whole process as stress-free as possible for you and will make sure your best interests are always our number one priority.