Pulmonary Fibrosis Compensation Claims
If you have developed pulmonary fibrosis as a result of poor working conditions, you may be eligible to claim for compensation. Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease which causes scarring and swelling of the air sacs and the tissue between cells of the lungs. When scarring and swelling takes places, the scar tissues replace the healthy tissues in the lungs and cause inflammation of the lungs. As a result of this damage, the lungs stiffen and breathing becomes more difficult.
Pulmonary fibrosis harms the tissues deep in the lungs and this disease mostly occurs in people who are over the age of 50. Pulmonary fibrosis varies in severity and it can cause just a few symptoms or a number of severe symptoms. The exact cause of this disease is not known, but the most common cases are related to a condition known as sarcoidosis which is a kind of fibrosis often associated with various occupational diseases. It is believed that this condition results from an inflammatory response to an unknown substance.
Common Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis
Some of the common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:
- occasional chest pain
- dry cough
- shortness of breath
- decreased tolerance for activity
Symptoms may vary depending on the cause of the condition. The severity of symptoms as well as the progression of symptoms can vary as years go by.
There are many occupations where workers are at a risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis. Industries where workers are at a risk are generally those which deal with asbestos, metal dust, ground stone, etc. When small particles of metal, coal or asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they damage the air sacs in the lungs and cause fibrosis. This condition can also be caused by being exposed to certain environmental agents, certain medications, ionizing radiation, etc.
Making a claim for pulmonary fibrosis
If you have developed pulmonary fibrosis due to the negligence of your employer to provide you with a safe and risk free work environment, an injury lawyer can help you make a compensation claim. At www.injuryclaims.co.uk, we work in partnership with expert personal injury lawyers who have extensive experience handling all types of industrial disease claims.
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