The number of people in the UK suffering from asthma is steadily increasing. Currently more than eight million people have been diagnosed with asthma – 12% of the population.
If you have been diagnosed with asthma, you may be wondering if your condition is work-related asthma. This is entirely possible, especially if you are regularly exposed to dust, vapours or gases.
Your employer has a duty of care to all of its employees. This means that exposure to substances that could cause asthma should be avoided. If they cannot be avoided, then they must be controlled with personal protective equipment (PPE) if you are at risk of ill health due to the nature of your work. If your employer has failed to avoid exposing you to substances that could cause asthma and you were not provided with the correct or appropriate PPE and have been diagnosed with asthma, you may have grounds for a claim.
You may have grounds for a claim if you are suffering from:
- Regular asthma attacks
- Tightness in your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties that come on whilst at work but then recover away from work, such as on weekends and on holiday
GA’s experienced industrial disease team can work on a no win, no fee basis and support you with your claim every step of the way. The team is also ranked in renowned legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers UK so you can be assured you are in the best possible hands.