Pneumoconiosis is an asbestos-related lung disease, which can also be caused by exposure to other fine particle substances such as metal filings, coal dust, lime dust, kaolin, silica, plaster, chalk, concrete, cotton dust and iron dust.
Pneumoconiosis is also known as black lung or miner’s lung, because it is known to affect those in the mining industry – but construction workers and any trade which involves working with hazardous materials like asbestos or fine particle substances can carry a higher risk of developing pneumoconiosis.
There are different types of pneumoconiosis, including:
The symptoms of pneumoconiosis include:
Diagnosis of pneumoconiosis involves chest X-ray and a CT scan. Pneumoconiosis can develop over a period of time and it is important to get a diagnosis as soon as symptoms develop to rule out other industrial lung diseases.
Employers have a duty to protect workers form the risks of developing pneumoconiosis – including carrying out risk assessments in the workplace, providing protective safety equipment to prevent workers inhaling hazardous dust at work and arranging for any medical checks needed.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis as a result of exposure to hazardous dust or asbestos in the workplace on how to make a no win no fee pneumoconiosis claim for compensation.
Workers who have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis 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 worker from developing pneumoconiosis – or has failed to advise a worker of the risks associated with asbestos under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Because pneumoconiosis can take years to develop, 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 is still possible to trace the Employers' Liability (EL) insurer to make a claim for pneumoconiosis compensation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life as a result of work-related pneumoconiosis – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with pneumoconiosis – 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 pneumoconiosis compensation claims – including cases where a disease or degenerative condition caused by long-term exposure to hazardous dust at work has been diagnosed years after exposure to asbestos of other hazardous fine particle substance.
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 pneumoconiosis caused by exposure to asbestos or hazardous dust in the workplace.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for pneumoconiosis, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after a pneumoconiosis diagnosis to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Pneumoconiosis Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.