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Occupational Asthma Solicitors
This condition is the most frequently reported occupational respiratory disease in Great Britain and it occurs when a worker is exposed to substances such as dusts, vapours, gases, or fumes that trigger an attack. This creates narrowing of the air passages which results in difficult breathing, tightness of the chest, coughing, and wheezing.
Occupational asthma attacks can be controlled either by ending exposure to the agent responsible or by medical treatment. If the exposure to the offending agent is not ceased, treatment will be needed continuously and the breathing difficulties may become permanent. People may continue to suffer even after removal from exposure.
If your employer has failed in their duty of care to provide and maintain a working environment that is safe to your health which has precipitated occupational asthma then you may be entitled to compensation.
Occupational Bronchitis Solicitors
This is an inflammation of the bronchi (the tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs), of workers who are exposed to dusts, fumes, mists, fogs or smoke. As a result, mucus is produced in excessive amounts. This leads to cough and sputum production. The bronchi may also become narrow making it harder for air to get in and out of the lungs. Breathlessness results.
Occupational Emphysema Solicitors
This is a type of lung disease characterised by shortness of breath. In a person with emphysema, the alveoli (or air sacs within the lungs) are damaged. The main tubes leading into the lungs (the bronchi) are also damaged and narrowed. It is usually caused by exposure to noxious gasses resulting in the alveoli breaking down into larger cavities which are surrounded by scar tissue and have less surface area to absorb oxygen.
Many people with emphysema also have chronic bronchitis. A combination of occupational bronchitis and occupational emphysema is commonly called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Diagnosis of these conditions is usually by chest x-ray and by breathing into machines such as spirometers, peak flow meters that analyse lung function. Blood tests and electrocardiograms may also be ordered.
If you have been diagnosed with occupational bronchitis and/or occupational emphysema, you may be entitled to compensation if your employer breached their duty of care by failing to prevent or reduce the risk of developing such a disease.
The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here