Bronchitis & Emphysema Claims

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a persistent obstruction of the airways, occurring with either emphysema or chronic bronchitis.  If your working environment has caused COPD symptoms, it is likely you could claim for bronchitis or emphysema compensation.

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You could be entitled to a bronchitis and emphysema industrial disease compensation claim, if you were exposed to harmful airborne substances in your place of work and are now suffering as a result.

To find out more, please contact us on 0333 444 4422 or fill in our contact form.

At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, our industrial disease claims solicitors are part of a full-service, award-winning law firm.  Our personal injury team is led by John Hall.  As well as having years of experience running bronchitis and emphysema claims cases, John is a panel member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

John and his team provide quality, compassionate, and knowledgeable service to all our clients.  We understand the devastation a diagnosis of COPD can cause you and your family.  When you instruct us, you will quickly see you are not, ‘just another client’ to John and his team.  You can be confident that you will receive a high standard of client care, which includes your emails and phone calls being returned promptly and being kept fully up to date as your claim progresses.

Your employer has a duty to protect your health whilst you are at work. You may have been exposed to hazardous airborne substances because you weren’t supplied with proper protective clothing or ventilation.

Thousands of people, especially in the North East have suffered from bronchitis and emphysema as a result of their working conditions. Coal mining, paint spraying, engineering and dry cleaning are common industries associated with bronchitis or emphysema claims. We have successfully obtained compensation from many local employers including British Steel, ICI and Head Wrightsons.

We also have expertise in pursuing employers of companies that have since ceased trading, changed names or has been taken over.

We want to see that you are not only compensated for any suffering and inconvenience caused, but want to help recover any medical costs and income lost as a result of your condition.  We actually care about how things turn out for our clients; we know that what we achieve for you could make all the difference to your future.

What causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung condition which involves the airflow to the lungs being obstructed.  It can be caused by smoking cigarettes or by long term exposure to gases or matter such as dust that can irritate the lungs.

What the symptoms of COPD?

Unfortunately for victims, the symptoms of COPD often do not occur until significant lung damage has already taken place.

Symptoms of COPD include:

  • Shortness of breath, especially during physical activities
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Lots of mucus in your lungs, especially first thing in the morning
  • A chronic cough that may produce mucus (sputum) that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish
  • Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis)
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • General fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss (in later stages)
  • Swelling in ankles, feet or legs

Treatment for emphysema and bronchitis

COPD cannot be reversed but the condition can be managed with ongoing care and treatment.  In some cases, surgery such as a lung transplant is required.

Compensation for work-related lung disease can help fund rehabilitation and treatment for COPD, bronchitis and emphysema.

The difference between emphysema and bronchitis

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. Symptoms include a daily cough and mucus (sputum) production.

Emphysema is a condition in which the alveoli at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) of the lungs are destroyed because of damaging exposure to cigarette smoke and other irritating gases and particulate matter that affect the respiratory system.

Can I get compensation for emphysema and bronchitis?

Your employer has a duty to protect your health whilst you are at work. You may have been exposed to hazardous airborne substances or chemicals because you weren’t supplied with proper protective clothing or ventilation.  Failure to undertake adequate health and safety risk assessments and provide training can also be classed as negligent behaviour by an employer.

We have successfully represented many people, especially in the North East who have suffered from bronchitis and emphysema because of their working conditions.  The compensation they have received has helped fund rehabilitation and maintain a good quality of life.

How to make a COPD compensation claim

If you have been diagnosed with an COPD or another respiratory-related illness, you may be able to claim compensation.  A successful claim requires you to prove that your illness was caused by negligent acts or omissions by your employer.  We are experts at collating the necessary evidence to prove employer negligence.  We achieve this by examining medical records, garnering expert opinion and investigating your employer’s health and safety policies and procedures.

We offer no win, no fee arrangements (also known as Conditional Fee Arrangements or (CFAs) for our clients.  This means if you do not receive compensation, you will not have to pay any legal fees.

To find out more about how we can advise you on a bronchitis or emphysema compensation claim, please call us on 0333 444 4422 to talk to one of our solicitors.


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