Occupational Asthma

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Occupational Asthma

Asthma is a very serious medical condition in which the airways to the lungs become inflamed and narrower. This makes it difficult to breath. People are affected by asthma in different ways but common symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Anything that irritates the airways and causes symptoms of asthma is known as a “trigger”.

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Over 400 workplace substances have been identified as having asthmagenic or allergenic properties. Asthma may be aggravated at work by exposure to, for example, dust or fumes. Asthma can be caused in the workplace simply by breathing in hazardous dusts, gases, fumes and vapours.

People who work in the following occupations have a higher rate of occupational asthma:

  • Bakers
  • Vehicle spray painters
  • Solderers
  • Woodworkers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Laboratory animal workers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Engineering workers

The MRH Solicitors industrial disease team have successfully pursued claims for asthma sufferers both in the County Court and in the Court of Appeal. Claims pursued have arisen as a result of exposure to substances such as colophony, wheat and carbon fibre reinforced ceramic composite materials.

If you think you have suffered Occupational Asthma due to your working environment, then please contact the MRH Solicitors industrial disease team on 01204 535 333 or fill out our online form

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