Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Claims

x-ray of diseased lung

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the name used to describe a range of lung diseases which include emphysema, bronchitis and obstructive airways disease.

People who suffer with COPD have permanently damaged lungs and can struggle breathing due to their narrowed airways.

The typical symptoms of COPD include:

  • Wheezing
  • Tightness of the chest making it difficult to breath
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathlessness
  • Frequent chest infections
  • Expanded chest (causing the chest to become a barrel shape)

The symptoms of COPD are normally worse in winter due to the sharpness of the air and additional lung infection issues. As a result of COPD, a person’s quality of life can be affected.

What causes COPD

Smoking is the main cause of COPD diagnosis. However, the working environment can also contribute to the development of COPD, including:

  • Being exposed to fumes
  • Being in a close environment with dust
  • Constant exposure to wood burning or coal burning
  • Air pollution
  • Genetic disorder

It is the duty of your employers to provide you with health and safety equipment to prevent industrial diseases, meaning if you have been diagnosed with COPD as a result of your former employer’s negligence they are liable in your case.

Claiming compensation for COPD

COPD can be a life changing disease due to the damage caused to your lungs. If you have contracted COPD due to your working environment, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Contact our team of expert solicitors on 0800 811 844 for more information.

We offer high quality advice, guidance and reassurance throughout your claim process and can also tell you there are then if you are eligible for a compensation claim.