Occupational respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) or emphysema, often take years to manifest and have a devastating impact on a sufferers' life.
Employers have a duty to ensure steps are taken where possible to mitigate exposure to dust or airborne chemicals which can cause work related lung diseases. They should be employing such techniques as using water to help reduce dust, providing masks, isolation and carrying out risk assessments.
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We have dedicated teams who can help victims and their families to get compensation for the damages caused by negligence of an employer; in addition to provided compensation for the pain and suffering the disease causes, a financial provision to help with bills already incurred and with any ongoing treatment, can be recovered from the employer or their insurers. There are many examples of work-related lung diseases such as: -
The time limit for claiming for respiratory diseases is either three years from the condition being diagnosed by a medical professional or three years from the death of the victim.
It is possible to bring a claim for compensation against employers or their insurance company for respiratory diseases, even where employment has ended or the employer is no longer in existence. We are often able to trace the relevant employer's liability insurer and pursue them directly. A claim for industrial disease benefits may also be made from the government under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979.. Claims under this Act of Parliament for Industrial Injuries disablement Benefit (IIDB) may be made subject to a number of conditions, the main one being that the dust related disease was caused by a person’s employment.
We're experienced Solicitors dealing with Occupational Respiratory Disease claims and regularly gain the maximum industrial related disease awards for our clients.
People suffering from an Occupational Respiratory Disease may opt for private medical or rehabilitation and medical equipment which can run up expensive bills and leave them out of pocket. We can help negotiate the right amount of reimbursement to cover these costs and help get the very best care available.
When liability is admitted it can still take time to negotiate the right level of compensation, in these circumstances we can secure interim payments to cover out of pocket expenses until a comprehensive, final compensation settlement has been secured.
We want to help you overcome the difficulties you face by making a meticulous and effective compensation claim on your behalf.
Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or complete an enquiry form online and we'll call you back. If you're worried about legal fees, don't be. Claims are normally dealt with under a no win no fee arrangement, so if your claim doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work.