Occupational Asthma Claims
Have you been diagnosed with occupational asthma? Claims National is an industrial disease specialist who can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a compensation claim.
Occupational asthma is asthma caused by your present or past work. Asthma is a lung disorder which can cause shortness of breath. This shortness of breath is caused by a chronic inflammation of the air passages, which swell and narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Various substances found in the workplace can contribute to occupational asthma.
If you have developed Occupational Asthma as a result of your working conditions you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injury and losses. Claims National can help you make a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Occupational Asthma Claim today.
What are the symptoms of Occupational Asthma?
The symptoms of Occupational Asthma include:
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
Who is at risk of Occupational Asthma?
The people who are most at risk of developing Occupational Asthma include;
- Bakers and flour confectioners
- Metal making and treating process operatives
- Vehicle spray painters
- Forestry workers
- Chemical, plastic and rubber workers
- Textile workers
- Electrical and electronic production workers
- Storage workers
- Farm workers
- Waiters and waitresses
- Dental workers
- Laboratory technicians
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Allergic occupational asthma is the most common type of occupational asthma, and results from the exposure to allergens at work. Flour dust, animal dander and car fumes are a few examples of allergens which can cause occupational asthma. Quite commonly, asthma symptoms due to the exposure of allergens do not appear until weeks, months or even years after your exposure. This is because it takes a while for your immune system to become sensitive to an allergen. You most probably will not be aware that you are allergic to the substances causing your occupational asthma, making it extremely difficult to prevent. Occupations with the highest rates of allergic occupational asthma are vehicle spray painting, baking, woodworking, soldering, healthcare work, working with animals, working in agriculture, engineering, and hairdressing. All of these occupations have a risk of inhaling different allergens relating to their job’s nature.
Irritant induced asthma is similar to allergic occupational asthma, with the difference that you do not have to be allergic to the substance inhaled. Inhaling a large content of certain chemicals can irritate your airways, causing asthma. This type of asthma is not particularly common, as it only occurs when a chemical is inhaled on a large scale, which could be in situations such as a chemical spillage in the workplace.
Work aggravated asthma is when you were previously diagnosed with asthma, and then found that your occupation made your symptoms worse. A common sign that you have work aggravated asthma is if you notice that you use your inhaler more often when at work. Work aggravated asthma can be triggered by the same substances that evoked your occupational asthma, such as flour dust for example. Having occupational asthma or work aggravated asthma doesn’t mean you are unfit to work however, you should notify your employer who may be able to make changes to your work environment in an attempt of minimising your symptoms, which includes installing extractor fans in the work place, isolating you from the process linked to the risk, and/or providing you with respiratory protective equipment to prevent you from inhaling the allergens.