Do you work with spray paint, varnishes, foam or adhesives? Do you now suffer from breathing problems? If you do, you may have been exposed to isocyanates in your work place. This is classed as an industrial disease and may entitle you to claim compensation on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. Call us to find out how we can help you.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors today on 01204 521 133 or chat with us now to arrange a call back. Alternatively, fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back at a time that suits you.
What Is Occupational Asthma Caused by Isocyanates?
Occupational asthma simply means asthma that’s been caused by the conditions you are working in. In this case, the asthma is caused by breathing in the isocyanate particles that occur in spray paints, adhesives and foams. Once these particles are breathed in, or even touch the skin, they can cause irritation. So, when they are breathed into the body they have an irritant effect on the mucous membranes of the airways, which can make the area highly sensitive to any other exposure to the substance.
This means that those who have developed asthma due to the inhalation of isocyanates will be unlikely to be able to work with them again. Doing so may result in severe asthma attacks, which may prove fatal.
Is my Asthma Hereditary or Occupational!
Asthma can very often be hereditary. So, how do you know when it’s been caused by your work place and when it’s simply a matter of genes?
There is one factor that can help to determine what the cause of the asthma might be and that’s the length of time you’ve had it. Asthma that’s been caused by your genes usually shows itself early in your life. You’ll probably be diagnosed early in life, whereas with occupational asthma, you’re more likely to be diagnosed later in life, after you’ve been exposed to isocyanates for a significant period of time.
Whilst there’s nothing you can do about asthma caused by your genes, there is something you can do about asthma caused by your working environment. So, if you find yourself in this position, contact us to find out how we can help you get the compensation you’ll need if you find yourself unable to work.
When Can I Make An Occupational Asthma Compensation Claim?
Your employer is obliged to take care of your health and safety while you are at work. If they fail to do this, and you suffer because of it, you may be entitled to make a claim for industrial disease compensation.
The Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health Regulations (COSHH) were introduced to make sure that your employer protects your health while you are at work. In the case of isocyanates, this means providing you with the correct, and fully functioning, protective equipment you need to keep you safe from exposure. If they haven’t done this, you should explore the possibility of making a claim.
What do I Need to Prove?
To make a claim for compensation, you’ll have to prove that your illness is the result of your employer’s negligent behaviour towards your health and safety. So, you’ll need to show that you were either not provided with the correct safety equipment to begin with; or the equipment you were provided with was faulty; or you were not given the correct training on how to use it.
In the case of isocyanates, your employer also has the responsibility of making sure that your working environment is well ventilated and your health is monitored regularly. Failing to provide these things is a breach of their duty of care to you.
However, in order to prove this you’re likely to need the help of an experienced industrial disease solicitor, like those we have working here at Asons. We’ll help you look at your working life to determine if you there’s a case against your employer. If there is, we’ll do all we can to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Many people want to make a claim for compensation, but are worried about how much it might cost. This is not something you need to think about with Asons, as we use a ‘no win no fee’ system. One of our expert industrial disease solicitors will assess your case and advise you on how to proceed. If we cannot take your case on ‘no win, no fee’, you will be informed, advised of the likely cost of the case and any other options available to you, before any further action is taken.
But, you must be quick! Claims for compensation usually have a three-year time limit placed on them. There are some exceptions to this rule, but in general, it’s best if you visit your doctor and start the claims process as soon as possible.