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Most cases of occupational emphysema involve those working in mineral extraction and in particular the largest category of legal action is coal miner emphysema compensation claims. Employees are entitled to a safe working environment and employers are under a legal obligation to ensure that employees are protected. If an employer fails in this duty, resulting in personal injury, an employee may be eligible to claim compensation for occupational emphysema. Occupational asthma and occupational emphysema have common effects; they affect the lungs and the capacity to breathe freely and without difficulty. Both affect quality of life and capacity to work and may give rise to time off for medical treatment and associated expenses and may cause physical and financial hardship. If you suffer from occupational lung disease our emphysema solicitors may be able to claim compensation on your behalf against a negligent employer.

Emphysema Common Causes

Emphysema occurs due to damage to the lung causing pockets to develop in the tissue which restrict oxygen transfer. Sufferers experience marked shortness of breath associated with lack of oxygen to the brain which can cause tiredness. Coal miner emphysema compensation claims may also be coupled with a claim for pneumoconiosis (black lung, miners lung, the dust etc.)which may further complicate the illness. The substances which may give rise to occupational emphysema are smoke, dust and fumes which are frequently associated with manufacturing processes involving materials such as metal, fossil fuels, cotton, chemicals, paints, textiles, animal skins, insulation and foam materials.

Occupational Asthma

Occupational asthma results from inhalation of irritant substances which inflame the airways of the lungs. Whilst it may be a complicating issue, it is usually less serious than the health problems raised in coal miner emphysema compensation claims. Occupational asthma causes excessive secretion of mucus in the airways, which can cause the sufferer to cough, splutter and become congested in the chest and sinuses. In the short term, the prognosis for occupational asthma is good and it may clear entirely if the irritant substances are removed from the workplace.

Emphysema Solicitors

Our asthma and emphysema solicitors operate nationwide and deal with claims using the no win no fee* scheme. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further then you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our solicitors advice.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here