If you have contracted occupational asthma at work, you may be able to make a ‘no win no fee’ claim for industrial disease compensation with us.
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What Is Occupational Asthma?
Occupational asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways characterised by reversible airflow obstruction. Occupational asthma can be distinguished from its hereditary counterpart by the age it is contracted. While hereditary cases of asthma usually display symptoms before a person reaches physical maturity, occupational asthma happens later on in an individual’s life. It may take a few months after exposure for symptoms to develop. A frustrating and dangerous condition, asthma can be triggered at work – known as an ‘asthma attack’ – by the inhalation of irritants such as toxic dusts, gases, fumes, and vapours.
One major cause of occupational asthma is exposure to colophony, which is a resin used when soldering, particularly in the electronics industry. Other workers at risk include beauticians, welders, poulterers and those in certain manufacturing industries, such as adhesives, paper, and tyres. If you have never shown symptoms of asthma before, and receive a diagnosis after working in one of these industries, the likelihood is that you are suffering from occupational asthma caused by colophony. In this event, you should consult one of our expert occupational disease solicitors to find out whether a compensation claim is possible.
When Can I Make An Occupational Asthma Compensation Claim?
If you contract occupational asthma at work due to the inhalation of colophony, and you feel it could have been prevented had health and safety measures been in place or better implemented, you can make a compensation claim. The claim relies on being able to prove that your developing the condition probably results from your employer’s negligence of health and safety best practices. This may sometimes be difficult, but an experienced industrial disease solicitor will be able to help you, gathering pertinent evidence to build a case that is tough to defend against.
There is usually a three-year time limit after your asthma diagnosis in which you can make a compensation claim. However, there are occasional exceptions. Our solicitors can provide expert occupational asthma claim advice in a free consultation if you are unsure.
What Responsibilities Do Employers Have To Prevent Occupational Asthma?
The Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health Regulations (COSHH) were written to ensure regulations to protect workers from negligent exposure to harmful materials such as chemicals, enzymes, and allergenic substances would be implemented nationwide. Under these regulations, your employer must remove or reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous substances such as colophony, as much as is possible. If your exposure to colophony has incurred or heightened the onset of asthma during work, it often indicates that standards have slipped below the minimum expectation. As a result, you may be entitled to claim compensation for occupational asthma due to an employer’s breach of COSHH.
How Much Occupational Asthma Compensation Will I Receive?
The amount of compensation paid out – not just in claims for occupational asthma, but in all industrial disease claims – is dependent on the circumstances and evidence available. Common factors which have an influence on how much you are paid depend on whether or not you showed symptoms of asthma prior to working for your employer, the protective measures your employer took to protect you, and the severity of your symptoms and the resultant lifestyle changes they have forced. Any evidence you can provide our solicitors with, such as the testimonies of co-workers who have also been diagnosed with asthma or other respiratory conditions, will often increase the chances of success in your industrial disease claim.
All our industrial disease claims take into account actual, medically-proven pain and suffering and the extent, any loss of earnings caused, and the psychological effects of being let down by someone you have trusted to safeguard your health. At Asons, we pride ourselves on our unrivalled transparency. When you begin the claims procedure, your solicitor will provide you with an ideal, targeted figure and a realistic minimum estimate of your winnings. You will be kept up to date with any changes as the case progresses.
Are Occupational Asthma Claims No Win No Fee?
Yes. At Asons Solicitors, we wanted to take the risk out of making an industrial disease claim for all of our clients, thereby allowing everyone an access to justice, regardless of their financial situation. What is ‘no win no fee’? Exactly as you might expect, it is the guarantee that you won’t pay a penny until we know your case will be successful. When claiming with us for occupational asthma compensation, you will find no upfront fees, unexpected costs, and no risk of paying the expenses of the defending side. Before any legal proceedings are undertaken, your occupational asthma claim will be considered by our expert industrial disease solicitors. You will be told whether your case can proceed on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. Roughly 98% of our clients’ claims are handled in this way.
Why Choose Asons For My Asthma Caused By Colophony Claim?
If you have contracted occupational asthma due to the inhalation of colophony at work, you should get in touch with an experienced industrial disease solicitor. Asthma claims are often fiercely defended and difficult to prove. This means that expert legal assistance is required to navigate the legislation and build a strong case with limited evidence. Successful cases require a lot of work in gathering evidence, liaising with insurance companies, and organising court proceedings. Asons’ legal experts pride themselves on their empathy and approachability, and are here to do the work for you. With decades of experience, our no win no fee lawyers’ success rate is unparalleled. They will look to secure the compensation results you deserve for a better future.