Emphysema Claims

If you, a family member or friend have developed emphysema as a result of the negligence of a current or former employer, the team at JMW is here to ensure you make a successful claim for compensation.

One of the main causes of emphysema is working in an environment where hazardous substances and materials are present. We are highly experienced in cases of this type and have the necessary expertise to ensure your case is appropriately managed throughout the duration of your claim.

Get in touch with the team today by calling us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form to allow us to give you a call back at a time more convenient for you. We can talk you through the process and provide all of the information you need to start your emphysema claim.

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How JMW Can Help

The team at JMW is committed to making sure you achieve the outcome you deserve. We understand the impact emphysema can have on your everyday life and know the huge difference that appropriate compensation can have, putting you in a position that means you are better able to cope with a disease that you are suffering from, through no fault of your own.

Our industrial disease solicitors are professional, knowledgeable and highly experienced. We will provide representation that will ensure you receive the highest possible amount of compensation.

Professions at Risk

Generally speaking, anyone who comes into contact with hazardous materials and substances in the workplace could go on to develop emphysema.

Those most at risk of this lung disease include:

  • Coal miners
  • Furnace workers
  • Those exposed to fumes at work
  • Workers exposed to dust in the workplace
  • Construction workers
  • Cement handlers


What is emphysema?

Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that causes damage to the alveoli in the lungs, making it particularly difficult for you to catch your breath. Suffering from emphysema can mean that a sufferer’s body does not receive the air it needs, leading to difficulty breathing when undergoing physical activity or a chronic cough.

Methods to treat the condition include:

  • Inhalers
  • Medications
  • Additional oxygen
  • Surgery, which can help to prevent complications and relieve symptoms

For more information about emphysema, visit the NRS Healthcare website.

What are the causes of emphysema?

Work-related emphysema tends to result from extremely dusty working environments. If you have worked, or are currently working in such an environment but were not provided with adequate safety gear or appropriate training, your employer has neglected your welfare and if you contract emphysema as a result of such conditions, you will be entitled to compensation.

Those most at risk of developing emphysema as a result of their workplace include construction workers and factory workers, as well as those who work in mills.

The disease can also affect anyone else who has worked in a dusty environment without the necessary protection. Industrial pollutants, such as silica dust, welding fumes, textile dust and coal dust are among the primary causes of occupational emphysema.

If it can be shown that your employer was negligent and that led to your emphysema, you are entitled to claim financial compensation.

To read more about the causes of emphysema, visit the Patient website.

What are the symptoms of emphysema?

Among the many different symptoms of the disease are:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent cough

If you are worried about the possibility of contracting occupational emphysema, or you think you may have it already, you should contact a doctor as soon as possible in order to receive a definitive diagnosis.

Talk to Us

To find out more about the occupational emphysema compensation claims process, and get your claim underway, call JMW free on 0800 054 6570. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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