Siderosis – also known as Welder’s lung or pneumoconosiosis – is caused by exposure to fumes, gases or iron particles in the metal welding industry.
Welding fumes are classified as being potentially cancerous, although have not been given a classification under the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009.
Siderosis can affect a worker for a short period of time – or may be a chronic condition.
Some welders may develop asthma symptoms – others may develop pneumonia or a serious lung infection.
Welders can also develop metal fume fever, which involves flu-like symptoms.
However, welders have been found to have a high risk of lung cancer and respiratory illness such as breathing problems and loss of lung function, chest pain, coughing, bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis.
Employers have a legal duty to take steps to prevent welders being exposed to fume in the workplace – and these may include fitting extraction equipment on the welding gun or using extraction tables and hoods to reduce the risks of Welder’s lung.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can advise welders and metalworkers who have been diagnosed with Welder’s lung/pneumoconiosis/siderosis on how to make a no win no fee siderosis compensation claim.
Workers who have been diagnosed with siderosis 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 siderosis – or advise a worker of the risks under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Because siderosis 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 siderosis compensation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life from work-related siderosis – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with a disease caused by working in the metal industry – 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 siderosis compensation claims – including cases where a disease or degenerative condition caused by exposure to hazardous gases, fume or metal filings 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 siderosis caused by exposure to gases, fume or metal filings in the workplace.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related siderosis, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of siderosis to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Siderosis Compensation Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.