Occupational Respiratory Disease Claims


Occupational respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) or emphysema, often take years to manifest and have a devastating impact on a suffer's life.


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Types of Occupational Respiratory Disease

Employers have a duty to ensure steps are taken where possible to mitigate exposure to dust or airborne chemicals which can cause work related lung diseases. They can employ techniques such as using water to help reduce dust, providing masks, isolation and carrying out risk assessments.

We have dedicated teams who can help victims and their families to get compensation for the damages caused by negligence of an employer; this can help with bills already incurred and with any ongoing treatment. There are many examples of work related lung diseases such as:-

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
  • Industrial Asthma
  • Asbestosis
  • Silicosis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung Cancer

Time limits on claiming for Respiratory Diseases

The time limit for claiming for respiratory diseases is either three years from the condition being diagnosed by a medical professional or three years from the death of the victim.

Who can I bring a Respiratory claim against?

It is possible to bring a claim for compensation against employers or their insurance company for respiratory diseases, even where employment has ended or the employer is no longer in existence. We are often able to trace the relevant employer's liability insurer and pursue them directly. As a last resort, claims may also be made from the government using the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979.

What we can do for you

We're experienced Solicitors dealing with Occupational Respiratory Disease claims and regularly gain the maximum industrial related disease awards for our clients.

People suffering from an Occupational Respiratory Disease may opt for private medical or rehabilitation and medical equipment which can run up expensive bills and leave them out of pocket. We can help negotiate the right amount of reimbursement to cover these costs and help get the very best care available.

When liability is admitted it can still take time to negotiate the right level of compensation, in these instances we will try to secure interim payments to cover current expenses until an acceptable amount is agreed.

Contact Spencers Solicitors

We want to help you overcome the difficulties you face by making a meticulous and effective compensation claim on your behalf.

Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or complete an enquiry form online and we'll call you back. If you're worried about legal fees, don't be. Claims are normally dealt with under a no win no fee arrangement, so if your claim doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work.

How can we help?

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