Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is comprised of elements of chronic bronchitis and emphysema which causes permanent and progressive obstruction of the flow of air through the lungs. Where this condition results from an employers negligence in failing to provide a satisfactory work environment it is possible for a COPD solicitor to take legal action for personal injury compensation. In some patients the obstruction can be partially reversed by medications that enlarge or dilate the airways. Asthma also causes obstruction to the flow of air but is usually reversible however some patients with asthma can develop permanent airway obstruction if inflammation leads to scarring and narrowing of the airways. Asthma patients with a fixed component of airway obstruction are also considered to have COPD.
A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compensation claim can be made if the condition is directly attributable to negligence by an employer who exposed you to noxious substances. Common airway disorders which may be classed as occupational lung disease include :-
How to recognise occupational lung disease:
If you have been diagnosed with an occupational lung disease then you may be entitled make a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compensation claim by instructing a COPD solicitor to act on your behalf, if your employer failed to take adequate care to protect you from such injury.
The amount of compensation that your COPD solicitor will claim will depend upon the extent of your injuries and disabilities. You may be compensated for loss of earnings if you are unable to work. Damages are also awarded for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of your illness.
Our COPD solicitors use the no win no fee scheme and compensation is paid in full. If you would like advice with no further obligation on a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compensation claim from a specialist personal injury solicitor just use the helpline, complete and send the contact form or email our lawyers offices.
The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here