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Occupational Asthma

Have you been diagnosed with Occupational Asthma?

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Occupational Asthma


Have you developed Occupational Asthma? We can help you make a claim if you:

  • Have been exposed to hazardous chemicals at work
  • Have suffered as a result of poor health & safety procedures
  • Have developed occupational asthma
  • Are suffering with the symptoms
  • Are unable to return to work
  • Are in need of expert legal advice

What is Occupational Asthma?

Occupational asthma is a common disorder usually caused by exposure to harmful substances. The disorder which affects the lungs causes shortness of breath, wheezing as well as coughing and tightness of chest.

There are certain occupations and industries where occupational asthma risks are higher, such as workers in the plastic, rubber or chemical industries. Occupational asthma is also seen in workers such as bakers, textile workers farm workers and cleaners.If you’re suffering from occupational asthma you should speak to our friendly team. We will:

  • Answer any questions you have about making a claim
  • Guide you through the claims process
  • Do all the form-filling for you
  • Keep you updated on the progress of your claim
  • Work on a No Win No Fee basis so you wont have to pay a penny

We’ve helped thousands of people claim the compensation they deserve

We have helped many people just like you to claim compensation for their suffering. We will support you through the process and will answer any questions you may have. From 1st April 2013 when you contact us you will not be asked to pay any money whatsoever up front and even if your claim is unsuccessful through no fault of your own you will never be asked to pay anything to anyone.

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Our friendly team will make it as simple as possible by doing all the hard work and form-filling so you don’t have to. Just fill in our compensation claim form and one of our expert advisers will be in touch or you if you prefer you can talk directly to someone now by calling our 24hr Mercury Legal helpline on 0800 122 3130, or request a call back – your claim will be dealt with immediately either way.

Cases of occupational asthma in the UK have thankfully been in steady decline over the last 20 years but according to statistics produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there are still in the region of 30,000 workers who complain of some form of work related breathing difficulties and many of these attribute their problems to asthma.

Occupational asthma occurs when the body becomes hyper-sensitised to an agent or agents in the workplace. The process of sensitisation can take many years and so is not unusual at all for the sufferer to be misdiagnosed initially and the link to the workplace overlooked, after all if you have done the same job over a long period and the symptoms start appearing despite the fact that nothing has changed in your job then the link between the two isn’t always immediately obvious. In order to fully investigate your asthma claim and establish whether or not it may be occupational you need to make sure that you instruct a specialist solicitor and Mercury Legal Online is here to help you do just that. Our solicitors are industrial disease experts with a wealth of experience dealing with asthma cases and if they do feel that you have a claim for compensation then they will only ever accept your claim with no fees up front. From 1st April 2013 when you contact us you will not be asked to pay any money whatsoever up front and even if your claim is unsuccessful through no fault of your own you will never be asked to pay anything to anyone

Although there are a number of distinguishing factors between occupational asthma and other forms of the condition the following points are usually useful in helping to diagnose the condition:-

1. Does your asthma get worse as the working week goes on?

If you normally work Monday to Friday, is your condition worse on Friday afternoon than it was on Monday morning?

2. During time off from work, holidays, weekends, etc, do you feel that your condition is better and your breathing is easier?

While of course the above points are in no way a definitive guide to diagnosing occupational asthma they are useful indicators that your complaint may be work related.

Even if you have previously been diagnosed with asthma before you started work it may still be possible to bring a claim if you feel that your workplace has made your condition worse, what is known in legal terms as exacerbation. If your employment requires you to work in any kind of dust, fumes or vapours without adequate protection or ventilation/extraction then you may still be entitled to compensation even though your employer didn’t actually cause the asthma on the basis that they have made it worse due to their failure to provide you with a safe system and place of work.

If you think that you may have been affected by any of the issues above contact us today to see if we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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