Industrial workers can be at risk of a wide range of respiratory diseases as a result of being exposed to chemicals, fumes, hazardous materials and fine-particle dust in the workplace.
Common industrial diseases for which no win no fee respiratory disease claims can be made include:
Industrial workers can also develop allergic reaction to fumes which cause respiratory tract inflammation or irritation – latex, MEK and dioxins such as Chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (CDDs), Chlorinated dibenzofurans (CDFs) and Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may also cause severe respiratory conditions.
Diagnosis of respiratory conditions often involves a range of different diagnostic tests, including:
Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from developing respiratory conditions and disease, including conducting risk assessments in the workplace, providing safety equipment and carrying out any necessary medical checks – such as regular testing of breath butanone levels to make sure they do not exceed 100 nmol/l, or checking urinary butanone measurements.
Respiratory disease can take decades to develop – and may require surgery and lifelong treatment, or involve a diminished quality of life if symptoms are severe.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with work-related respiratory disease on how to make a no win no fee claim for respiratory disease compensation.
Workers who have been diagnosed with respiratory disease 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 work-related respiratory disease – or has failed to advise a worker of the risks of hazardous substances in the workplace under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Because respiratory disease 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 respiratory disease compensation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life as a result of work-related respiratory disease – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with an industrial 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 respiratory disease compensation claims – including cases where a disease or degenerative lung or respiratory condition caused by exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, fumes or allergens at work has been diagnosed years later.
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 respiratory disease caused by exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related respiratory disease, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of an industrial respiratory disease to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Respiratory Disease Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.