Pneumoconiosis Compensation Claims
Looking to make a compensation claim for pneumoconiosis? If you have suffered from pneumoconiosis as a result of your working environment, you may be eligible to make a pneumoconiosis compensation claim.
Pneumoconiosis refers to various industrial diseases such as coal workers pneumoconiosis and asbestosis. This is a group of lung diseases which are caused by inhaling certain dust particles which leads to chronic respiratory problems and retention in the lungs. Those who suffer from pneumoconiosis experience severe respiratory problems which include decreased lung function, chest pain and restlessness. The symptoms of this condition can be experienced many years after the exposure. Usually, this condition results from long term exposure to dust particles.
There are a number of factors which can cause this condition. It can be caused as a result of being exposed to talcs, asbestos fibers, fine dusts, coal dust particles, silica, certain powders and chemicals over prolonged period of time. In the UK, the majority of the pneumoconiosis cases are work related and occupations which put workers at a greater risk include the mining industry, shipbuilding industry and the construction industry.
When dust particles are inhaled over a long period of time, they cause inflammation of the lungs and as a result lead to fibrosis. The tissues in the lungs become elastic and thicker than normal and these changes make it difficult for the victim to breathe.
Types of Pneumoconiosis
There are many different forms of this condition. The most common ones include:
- asbestosis which is caused by being exposed to asbestos fibers
- byssinosis which is caused by exposure to cotton dusts and dusts from vegetable fibers
- coal workers pneumoconiosis which is caused by inhaling coal or graphite dust
- kaolin pneumoconiosis is a common disease which affects workers in the ceramics industry
- silicosis which is caused by being exposed to silica
Common Symptoms of Pneumoconiosis
It usually takes more than ten years for the victims to experience the symptoms of this condition. In its milder forms, the victim may not experience any symptoms, but as the condition worsens, the following symptoms may develop:
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic coughing
- Chest pain
- Respiratory problems
Making A Compensation Claim
If you are looking to make a compensation claim for pneumoconiosis, it is important for you to seek expert legal advice. Experienced personal injury lawyers can help you make a claim and recover the rightful compensation that you are entitled to. Your solicitor will work on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you will be protected from all legal costs and fees if your case is lost.
To start a claim, all you need to do is call free on 0800 678 1410 to put you in touch with an experienced industrial disease claims lawyer. Alternatively, complete the simple online claim form and a friendly legal adviser will get back to you to discuss your claim.