Making a Compensation Claim for Occupational Asthma
Employers in England and Wales are legally required to prevent or limit your exposure to any harmful substances in the workplace. So if you’ve developed work-related asthma because of exposure to allergens, dusts or any other harmful substances, you may have grounds to claim compensation.
If we can take on your case, one of our Industrial Disease Solicitors will arrange for you to undergo an independent medical examination. This will help your Solicitor to establish the severity of your asthma symptoms and build a picture of how they have impacted on your life. With this information, we can determine what medical treatment or additional care and rehabilitation support you may require to manage your condition.
We will also gather details on your entire work history, so we can identify precisely when and where you were exposed to the harmful substances that triggered your work aggravated asthma. If possible, we may be able to support this with witness statements from people who worked with you at the time of exposure, as this will back up your version of events.
This will help us establish whether your employer had company policies to keep people safe, such as providing adequate training on workplace hazards to members of staff and equipping people with personal protective equipment if necessary.
With this information, we’ll be in a position to calculate an appropriate amount of compensation for your claim and approach the party we believe is responsible for your occupational asthma. Even if you were already an asthma sufferer, you may still be able to claim compensation, as it may be the case that the employer’s negligence led to your existing symptoms getting worse.