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Occupational Asthma

Asthma is a respiratory disease caused by exposure to substances that can be found in a workplace, and that are usually inhaled.

Constitutional asthma, which is asthma that you have developed outside of a place you have worked, such as environmental factors, through general lifestyle choices or hereditary predisposition that can be triggered by exposure to a wide range of common irritants. 

Occupational asthma, which is contracted through a place of work, can occur as an aggravation of a pre-existing condition, through exposure to certain substances or conditions in the workplace.

NewLaw’s  occupational and disease solicitors will support and help you with the long term care that you may need following asthma contracted from a place of work. Our expert solicitors will investigate how the asthma may have been contracted, and will work with medical professionals on your behalf to ensure that you receive the right help at the right time.

We have helped clients living with asthma who have worked in various places, such as: 

  • offices
  • factories
  • shops 
  • hospitals

The list of industries and jobs where there may be exposure to asthma triggers include:

  • plastics
  • chemicals
  • electronics
  • textiles
  • rubber industry
  • baking
  • food processing
  • spray-painting
  • soldering
  • welding 
  • cleaning 

What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease caused by the narrowing or inflammation of the lung passageways, making breathing difficult. Symptoms include wheezing, tightness in the chest and difficulty exhaling air. Asthma sufferers are usually able to manage their syptoms, which can be controlled by medication. When an asthma attack is triggered, the airways begin to swell and narrow, making it difficult to exhale.  

Indications that you may have contracted work place asthma can include:

  • symptoms that are worse during the working week, at work or after work
  • you may find that your sleep is disturbed during the night
  • your symptoms improve when you have been away from work for several days, for example, being on holiday 
  • you may have other associated nasal conditions such as rhinitis, (sneezing, itchy, runny nose) or conjunctivitis (itchy, red, and inflamed eyes)

Which substances cause Occupational Asthma? 
Substances that can cause occupational asthma are called respiratory sensitisers. Some examples are:

  • chemicals called isocyanates that are the most common cause of occupational asthma in the UK. There are many jobs in which you might be exposed to these chemicals, particularly spray painting, foam moulding using adhesives, and making foundry cores and surface coatings
  • dust from flour and grain. This will affect people who work in bakeries, industrial baking, farm work and grain transport
  • wood dust, particularly from hard wood dusts and western red cedar. This will affect people working in carpentry, joinery and saw milling
  • colophony - this is widely present in soldering fumes, but also in glues and some floor cleaners, and may affect people in the electronics and welding industries
  • dust from latex rubber. This will affect people working with latex gloves, such as nursing, dentistry or laboratory technicians
  • dust from insects and animals, and from products containing them. This may impact people involved in laboratory work, farm work or those who work with shellfish.

What you should do if you think you have contracted Asthma through your place of work.  
If you think you have occupational asthma, you should see your doctor straight away. If occupational asthma is suspected, your doctor is likely to refer you to a Respiratory Specialist with a special interest in occupational asthma. It is important to contact an occupational disease and illness solicitor who has the right expertise to get you help and support immediately. 

Why choose NewLaw Occupational Disease and Illness solicitors?
After being diagnosed by your doctor and once you contact us, we will advise you to speak with your employer to relocate you away from the materials that is causing you severe respiratory or skin reaction, whether it causes an obvious reaction or not.

If your job is likely to be affected, we can direct you to our Employment Law solicitors who can advise you of your rights and what to do. We understand the worry and stress that the diagnosis can bring, but it does not always mean that you will have to leave your job. There may be alternative steps available that could be taken by the employer to minimise the risk of exposure. It is therefore vital that you get early advice on obtaining a medical diagnosis, so that you can be supported throughout your claim for compensation.

Our solicitors have recovered millions of pounds of compensation for our clients to date, contact us today if you need help and support with your claim.

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