Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Claims
COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the name given for a range of diseases which can leave the sufferer with permanently damaged lungs. It can be caused due to the inhalation of small airborne particles or gases at the workplace.
COPD includes diseases like chronic obstructive airways disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In the UK, it is believed that around 3.2 million people may be suffering from this condition. This condition results in damage to the lungs which cause the airways to become narrow or inflamed. COPD can be caused by smoking, but a range of fumes and dusts have the potential to cause this disease if they are inhaled over a long period of time. Some of these can include silica dust, mineral dust, cadmium and coal dust.
Therefore, occupations where workers are at an increased risk of developing this condition include coal mining, construction, agriculture and quarrying.
If you have developed COPD, you may be entitled to make a claim if it can be established that the condition was developed due to your working conditions. Since smoking increases the risk, it can be quite difficult to pursue a claim against your employer if you are a smoker.
It is the duty of the employer to protect workers from risks of diseases and illnesses. Employers must be aware of the risks present and do all that is reasonably practicable to lessen the risk. Employees must be provided with adequate personal protective equipment and employers must ensure that exposure to fumes and dusts are kept to a minimum. If your employer has failed to protect you and if you have developed this condition, you may be able to seek financial compensation.
Making A Claim
Do you believe you have a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claim? If yes, we can help you recover compensation.
Our solicitors operate using a genuine no win no fee scheme meaning that your claim will cost you nothing if you choose us to provide legal representation.
To discuss your COPD claim, give us a call on our free telephone number today. You can also fill in the quick claim form on our website and request a call back.