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Pneumoconiosis & Black Lung Compensation Claims

Can I Claim for Pneumoconiosis Compensation?

Pneumoconiosis compensation can be gained if your doctor is able to link your lung disease to your past work history. Usually, chest x-rays, scans and breathing tests are used to find a buildup of substances in the lungs, and to find out how damaged your lungs have become. If a link is made, you should speak to us about claiming pneumoconiosis compensation.

Pneumoconiosis is a lung disease you can get at work (occupational lung disease), by breathing in dusts and toxic particles. The type of Pneumoconiosis you get, will largely depend on the kind of substance you’ve inhaled.

Commonly, it can be linked to the inhalation of coal, carbon, asbestos and silica, bauxite, beryllium, iron, cotton and tin. As many of these materials are found in construction, mining and manufacturing – this group of breathing diseases is known to most commonly affect manual workers.

Professions can include coal workers, miners, tunnelers, welders, foundry workers, builders and more. The differences in symptoms have also seen Pneumoconiosis labelled as ‘black lung’, ‘black lung disease’, ‘coal miners disease’, ‘grinder’s disease’, ‘grinders asthma’, ‘Potter’s Rot’ and ‘Asbestosis’ depending on the materials inhaled.

What are the Symptoms of Pneumoconiosis?

Whilst the types of disease have slightly different symptoms, Pneumoconiosis commonly causes:

  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath) exacerbated by exertion
  • Cough, often persistent and sometimes severe Fatigue
  • Tachypnea (rapid breathing) which is often labored
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss (Anorexia)
  • Chest pain
  • Fever

In advanced cases, the following may also occur:

  • Cyanosis (blue skin)
  • Cor pulmonale (right ventricle heart disease)
  • Respiratory insufficiency

There are a variety of substances that can have a damaging effect on your lungs.

Pneumoconiosis Types:

Why do I have an occupational lung disease?

You shouldn’t. Employers are told that by law, they need to protect you from the dangers of your work. In the case of occupational lung diseases, you should have been protected with either a respirator, breathing apparatus or other forms of protection that filter dangerous particles out of the air before you can breathe them into your lungs.
If you’ve come down with a lung disease as a result of your work, you may be able to claim occupational lung disease compensation.

How much could I Claim?

Based on past decisions in court, a long-term (chronic) lung disease like pneumoconiosis could result in a compensation amount totaling anything from £35,000 to £87,000. The amount depends upon your personal situation, the conditions of your work and the level of damage to your health.

How much does it cost?

Our cases are run on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. This means that there is no risk to you. If we take your case on, and we are unsuccessful, it won’t cost you a penny. If we win, we will take a percentage of your damages to cover our costs at the very end of the case. The specific amount will be discussed with you and this will be agreed at the very beginning of your claim so there are no nasty surprises.

What should I do now?

If you feel your work was the reason for your lung disease, then you should contact us. If after years of exposure to dust and airborne material, you’ve developed a lung disease like black lung, siderosis, or grinder’s disease, then you should speak to us. We’ll be able to piece together your work history and medical records to build a case for you. If successful, we could secure Pneumoconiosis compensation to help you and your loved ones, giving you the time and peace of mind to recover. You can fill out the claim form on this page, or you can call us on 01204 521133

What is the Limitation Period?

You have three years from the date that your GP or doctor tells you that your disease is work related (your ‘date of knowledge’), to speak to a solicitor. This is the limitation period. If you try to bring a claim after this three year window, it is considered to be ‘out of limitation’ and unfortunately, cannot be progressed unless the circumstances are exceptional.

Why should I choose Asons Solicitors?

We have an industrial disease team of over 70 experienced legal professionals. Their combined knowledge has seen us win thousands of cases, getting the best results possible for our clients. With a 98% satisfaction rate, we believe in putting you first. If you’d like someone to do all the hard work and save you the worry, you’d do well to speak to us.

Types of Pneumoconiosis

Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP)

More commonly known as miner’s lung, black lung, black lung disease or anthracosis, is caused by breathing in coal or carbon over an extended period of time. The symptoms are similar to to those of long term smoking, so many workers don’t think to have it checked. The dust slowly builds in the lungs and cannot be removed by the body causing internal lung damage.

Can I claim for Black Lung?

If you have been diagnosed with Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, usually with a chest radiography and you have a history of exposure to coal or carbon dust, and other disease have been excluded, then you should contact us.


Asbestosis

Asbestosis is caused by breathing in asbestos fibres over a long period of time. The symptoms are similar to those of black lung, and typically take decades to cause symptoms. Workers who get Asbestosis are more likely to develop work related lung cancer and less commonly, mesothelioma (a cancer caused purely by asbestos). The asbestos fibres build up in the lungs, provoking the body to defend itself. The fibres are then coated in fibrous tissue causing shortness of breath and a lower lung capacity for oxygen.

Can I claim for Asbestosis?

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, usually with a chest x-ray and you’ve spent time working with materials or appliances containing asbestos as part of your work, then you should contact us.


Silicosis, Grinder’s Asthma & Potter’s Rot

Silicosis, also known in the past as miner’s phthisis, and grinder’s disease is caused by inhaling silica dust over time. The signs are similar to those of black lung disease, but it can also cause a cough, fever and bluish skin (cyanosis). Workers who use hammer drills, grinders, or are involved in sand blasting or mining, are at greater risk. As these tools create more of this dangerous dust, there’s more of a chance that they’ll breathe it in.

Can I claim for Silicosis?

If you have worked in dusty environments as part of your work, and if you have been given a positive chest x-ray for silicosis, then you should contact us. We may be able to build a case, allowing you to claim Silicosis compensation.


Bauxite Fibrosis

Also known as Shaver’s disease, Bauxite pneumoconiosis, affects workers who are involved in the smelting of bauxite to produce a material called corundum. This led to the disease also being called ‘smelter’s lung’, ‘bauxite lung’ and ‘bauxite smelters’ disease’. Bauxite fibrosis is a kind of pneumoconiosis that gets worse with time (progressive). It’s caused when a worker breathes in bauxite fumes which contain aluminium and silica. Initially bauxite fibrosis appears as a mild allergic lung reaction known as alveolitis. As the disease progresses, it becomes a lung disorder known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD or emphysema.

Can I claim for Bauxite Fibrosis?

If you have a history of working with bauxite and you’ve begun to display breathing problems, you should speak to your GP. If after an examination, your doctor confirms Bauxite Fibrosis or COPD, you should contact us so that we can make a claim for bauxite fibrosis compensation.


Chronic Beryllium Disease, Berylliosis

Berylliosis, or chronic beryllium disease (CBD), is commonly caused by breathing in fumes and dust containing beryllium. It causes a kind of allergic reaction which causes little nodules inside the lungs to enlarge (granulomas). This can cause a cough, and shortness of breath that decreases lung volume. Berylliosis is more commonly seen in workers in aerospace, cermaics, in the manufacture of flourescent lights, and beryllium mining. As Berylliosis is caused almost exclusively through work – it’s thought of as an occupational lung disease. The condition is incurable, but symptoms can be treated.

Can I claim for Berylliosis?

If you have a history of working with Beryllium, and your doctor has performed a chest or lung examination that is positive for lung damage caused by beryllium poisoning, then you may be able to claim berylliosis compensation.


Siderosis, Welders Lung

Siderosis is a type of pneumoconiosis caused by iron. When working with iron, workers can breathe in iron dust and fumes, causing the iron to settle in the lungs. Where this occurs it can cause life-long breathing problems. It is most commonly seen in iron miners, iron foundry and steel workers and welders, which also led to it being called ‘Welders Lung’

Can I claim for Welders Lung?

If you have a history of working with iron, and a doctor has found a build up of iron in the lungs which is causing you breathing problems, then you should speak to us. We may be able to get you siderosis compensation.


Byssinosis, Monday Fever, Brown Lung Disease

Contrary to popular belief, byssinosis doesn’t turn the lungs brown. It can however lead to cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and breathing problems. It’s caused when textile workers breathe in cotton dust. So if you’ve worked in the production of cotton fabrics and you have breathing problems, they may be linked.

Can I claim for Byssinosis?

If you have a history of working with cotton or in textile production, and your doctor confirms Byssinosis, also known as brown lung or monday fever, then you should speak to us. If we can prove that your illness and your past work are linked, we may be able to get you Byssinosis compensation.


How can Asons Solicitors help?

We can provide legal assistance for Pneumoconiosis cases. In talking to us you will receive the utmost care and attention whilst we deal with your Pneumoconiosis claims and we’ll keep you updated along every step of the way.

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