Seth Lovis & Co Solicitors are experts in advising clients on claims for Industrial Asthma. Our Industrial disease team have collectively over 100 years of experience and a proven track record of winning compensation for our clients.
What is Occupational Asthma?
Occupational asthma is a work related condition caused by inhaling harmful airborne substances, flour or wood dust for example, known as Asthmagens.
These substances can cause a change in people’s airways, known as the 'hypersensitive state'.
Not everyone who becomes sensitised goes on to get asthma. It can take time for your immune system to become sensitive to an allergen, so you may have been able to do your work for weeks, months or even years before you start having asthma symptoms. Once the lungs become sensitive to an allergen, further exposure to the substance, even at quite low levels, may trigger an attack.
Who is at risk?
There are many industries that use substances that can cause occupational asthma, including:
- Paint spraying
- Working with animals
- Working in agricultural
If you work in an industry not listed above and have developed work related occupational asthma, please contact us, you may still be able to claim.
Symptoms of Occupational Asthma
Symptoms include wheezing, coughing and the feeling of a tight chest, which can develop immediately after exposure but more commonly several hours later, possibly at night.
Common investigations for occupational asthma can include blood tests, spirometry (a lung function test), Serial Peak Flow measures and other tests.
Under the Health and Safety Act at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, all employers owe their employees a duty of case to ensure their reasonable safety in the workplace. This extends to monitoring the exposure of employees to hazardous substances, keeping their employees under health surveillance against the development of identifiable diseases and to provide their employees with information, instruction and training so that they know the potential risks to their health and what precautions must be taken.
With any occupational asthma claim, it is necessary to prove that the employer acted negligently in not providing the employee with the correct health and safety equipment such as masks or other respiratory apparatus.
Our Key Benefits to You
As part of our service to you, we will:
- Arrange free home visits, anywhere in the UK. We think it’s important you know who will be dealing with your claim.
- Your case will be dealt with by a friendly, fully qualified expert solicitor, unlike at many other firms where cases are dealt with by junior paralegals under the supervision of a senior lawyer.
- Run your case on a no win no fee basis and guarantee if your case is not successful, you will not pay any of our legal fees.
- Work as hard as we possibly can to secure you the best possible level of compensation
- Make ourselves available out of usual hours if you need to speak with us urgently
You can speak with one of our solicitors today by calling us on 020 3627 1899 or if you would prefer for us to call you, please complete the call back request form.