Respiratory Disease Compensation Claims
Repiratory Disease Compensation Claims
Industrial workers can be at risk of a varied range of respiratory diseases because of being exposed to chemicals, hazardous materials, fumes, and fine-particle dust in the place of work. Some of the initial symptoms of respiratory diseases are – fever, chronic cough, tiredness, chest pain, and symptoms of flu such as breathing problem, wheezing, or runny nose.
Generally, workplace-related respiratory diseases can be divided into three categories, which includes:
- Sicknesses caused by inhaling organic dusts
- Sicknesses caused by inhaling mineral dusts or inorganic dusts
- Sicknesses caused by inhaling chemical gas or other harmful gas
Employees can become subject to dust and fumes within many different industrial professions. Without the appropriate safety apparatus, ventilation or withdrawal equipment, these airborne dust can be inhaled and cause severe lung diseases. Some of the most common professions are:
- Food Processing
- Laboratory Work
- Manufacturing Drug
The above list is not all-inclusive and lists few of the occupation, which can cause respiratory diseases for
Why Should I Make A Respiratory Disease Compensation Claim?
If you’ve suffered from respiratory problems because of something your employer did, or didn’t do, you are entitled to make an industrial disease claim for compensation. Keeping you safe from illness and injury at work is your employer’s responsibility, and the rules about what they are and are obliged to do are laid out by the Health and Safety Executive.
If your claim for respiratory disease is honest, then you deserve to be compensated for the discomfort and suffering you’ve experienced because of someone else’s negligence. The compensation you receive is intended to help you concentrate on your recovering phase. However, that’s not all. If your household depends on your income, and it’s no longer coming in to the family, then this needs to be reflected too. In circumstances like this, respiratory disease compensation is designed to cover medical expenses, bills, food, council tax and the like, until you get your life back to normal.
In addition, respiratory disease compensation is not just about the money. For many, it is an acknowledgement of what you went through, an admittance of responsibility, and this can lead to modifications in procedure that could help avoid the same mistake happening to some other employee in the future.
If you’re not sure about whether you can claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to have a no obligation chat with one of our legally trained industrial disease solicitors, who will be able to help you and guide you with your claim.
When Can I Make A Compensation Claim For Respiratory Disease?
Employers have a legal duty to safeguard their workforces from developing respiratory illnesses, including conducting safety assessments in the workstation, delivering risk-free equipment, and carrying out basic health check-up of employees, without fail. However, if you are suffering from a respiratory illness, which you consider, may have been instigated by the poor working conditions of your past or present workplace, you could be entitled to make a respiratory claim and be eligible for compensation.
For all cases of industrial respiratory illnesses, the one to claim against is the – employer or the establishment. As the employer or the establishment is responsible for ensuring that you are safe at workplace and part of their role should involve giving all employees the appropriate safety equipment. Failure to do so makes the employers liable if a worker develops respiratory problems. Respiratory disease can take decades to develop and may necessitate surgical procedure and long-lasting treatment, or a limited lifestyle, if the illness is severe and life threatening.
When a work-related respiratory problem such as lung disease, asbestosis or mesothelioma occurs, it changes your life forever. And, if it has come about even though you’re not the one to be blamed, it can be difficult to take. At Turner White Solicitors, our vastly experienced respiratory claim solicitors understands your situation and help you and your family to secure the financial means necessary to keep moving forward and protect your future.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive For A Respiratory Disease Compensation Claim?
The amount of respiratory disease compensation awarded in respiratory claims depends on a number of different aspects. These aspects can include the severity of the injury caused, your income, the effect the damage has had on your life outside work, and whether the industrial disease needed further treatment and care.
You can find out how much claim you’re entitled to by getting in touch with one of our leading solicitors today on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you. We will be able to give you an indication of the potential value of your claim. However, if you want to get an estimated settlement figure before you contact us, you can always use our interactive compensation calculator to find out how much compensation you might be entitled to.
Is There A Time Limit For Respiratory Disease Compensation Claims?
Yes. In the UK, the standard time limit within which an industrial disease claim can be filed is 3 years. If legal proceedings are not started within 3 years, the case is considered time barred and you are no longer entitled to claim for compensation. The 3-year deadline starts either from the date that the accident happened or from the date when it was established that your respiratory disease was directly/indirectly linked to the your present or past working environment, which is also known as ‘date of knowledge’.
Moreover, the 3 years’ time limit typically start to run from the date of diagnosis, but it may be earlier than this if you have already acknowledged a connection between your symptoms and its causes. If somebody has died because of industry-related respiratory disease, the 3 years typically runs from the date of death.
In any kind of industrial disease circumstances, it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This is because the details are more likely to be fresh in your mind, so it will be easier to recall. In addition, the paperwork you’ve had that related to your industrial disease will be close to hand.
For a free consultation about an occupational respiratory claim for compensation, call our No Win No Fee industrial disease solicitors on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or start your claim online and we will call you.
When you contact us, you don't have to start your respiratory claim for compensation process immediately. Therefore, if you're unsure whether you're ready to step on the first stages of your compensation claim, or whether your disease was caused because of someone else's fault, Turner White Solicitors can provide you the necessary guidance and suggestion you need to establish your claim and know that we will not force you to start a claim.