Silicosis Compensation Claims
If you are suffering from silicosis due to the negligence of your employer, you may be eligible to make silicosis claims. Silicosis is a progressive lung disease which is caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust. Some of the common professions where workers are at the greatest risk of contracting this rare form of lung cancer include mining and pottery making. Silicosis is caused when particles of silica dust is released into the atmosphere. This usually happens in work environments where sand, rocks, quartz and similar materials that contain silica are ground, crushed or cut.
Silicosis is a preventable disease but once a person contracts it, it can be incurable. It is a respiratory disease which affects the lungs. When silica dust is inhaled, small particles of the dust become embedded into the lungs and these cannot be cleared by coughing or mucous. Silica dust is toxic and it can cause inflammatory reaction which can lead to the lung tissues becoming scarred and thickened. This condition is known as fibrosis and when this happens, it becomes extremely difficult for the lungs to take in oxygen properly.
High levels of exposure can cause the disease in a year. But, it normally takes between 10-15 years before the symptoms occur. If you have been diagnosed with silicosis and if you believe it was caused due to your working conditions, you may be able to make a silicosis claim.
According to the Health and Safety Work Act, it is the responsibility of the employer to protect his employees’ health from potential risks of diseases and illnesses. The employer must make sure that risk assessments are being carried out at work on a regular basis and preventative measures are adopted to eliminate or minimise those risks. If your employer has failed to provide you with a safe work environment or has failed to provide you with essential personal protective equipment, you may be eligible to seek compensation if you have contracted occupational diseases and illnesses.
Start your claim for silicosis compensation
If you have developed silicosis due to no fault of your own, we can help you make No Win No Fee silicosis claims. At InjuryClaims.co.uk, we have solicitors who have helped thousands of people across the UK obtain compensation for industrial diseases on a No Win No Fee basis.
To start a claim or to find out more information, give us a call on our simply enter your details into the contact form at the top of this page. A solicitor from our panel with experience of industrial disease claims will assess your claim and let you know if you have a valid claim for compensation.
During your consultation you are free to ask questions about the claims process, the service provided by our solicitor and how much compensation you could be entitled to for your injury.