Farmer’s lung is a degenerative lung condition which needs to be diagnosed quickly to as treatment in the early stages of the disease can lead to a cure.
Farm workers are at risk of developing Farmer’s Lung if there are no preventative measures to reduce humidity in grain barns – stored crops may become damp and mouldy before drying out. When this happens mould on crops becomes powdery and airborne, meaning agricultural workers can easily ingest bacteria and mould spores, resulting in an allergic reaction or respiratory tract infection.
Symptoms of Farmer’s Lung include:
The early symptoms of Farmer’s Lung may be confused with hayfever or the early stages of flu or a heavy cold.
The technical medical term for Farmer’s Lung is extrinsic allergic alveolitis – as well as hypersensitivity alveolitis or hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Diagnosis is by a chest X-ray, CT scan and blood tests, as well as lung function tests such as a pulmonary function test (PFT), which measures how much air a patient is able to exhale.
If Farmer’s Lung is left undiagnosed, a permanent allergic reaction may be established – and in cases of severe lung damage, Farmer’s Lung can be a fatal lung disease.
Farm employers have a duty to protect farm workers from conditions like Farmer’s Lung, by making a risk assessment and taking preventative measures to protect workers, including supplying equipment like facial masks and arranging any health checks needed.
Duncan Lewis can advise farmers and farm workers who have been diagnosed with Farmer’s Lung on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if the disease was the result of an employer failing to protect workers – or failing to advise agricultural workers of the risks of Farmer’s Lung under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Agricultural workers who have been diagnosed with Farmer’s Lung have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if an employer has failed to protect a farm worker from the risks of developing Farmer’s Lung.
If Farmer’s Lung has been diagnosed years after exposure to hazardous dust at work, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can help with tracing the insurers of a former employer using the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) and records held at Companies House. Even if an employer is no longer in business or a company was taken over a former employer’s business, it may still be possible to trace the Employers' Liability (EL) insurer to make a claim for Farmer’s Lung compensation
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life as a result of Farmer’s Lung – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with Farmer’s Lung disease – on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of industrial diseases and their families on how to make Farmer’s Lung compensation claims – including historic cases where a disease or degenerative condition like Farmer’s Lung has been diagnosed year after exposure to hazardous dust at work.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant’s employment and later being diagnosed with Farmer’s Lung caused by exposure to mould spores in dust in the workplace.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related Farmer’s Lung, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of Farmer’s Lung disease to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Farmer’s Lung Compensation Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.