If you have been diagnosed with Occupational COPD within the last 3 years and it is associated with your past or present employment then contact LPS today.
LPS has dedicated Industrial Disease solicitors that have helped thousands of people successfully claim chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compensation. We aim to the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim using our No Win No Fee claims process.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for people with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. With COPD the airflow to the lungs is restricted (obstructed). Symptoms include cough and breathlessness. The most important treatment is to stop smoking. Inhalers are commonly used to ease symptoms. Other treatments such as steroids, antibiotics, oxygen, and mucus-thinning (mucolytic) medicines are sometimes prescribed in more severe cases, or during a flare-up (exacerbation) of symptoms.
What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term which includes the conditions chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is the preferred term.
- Chronic means persistent.
- Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi (the airways of the lungs).
- Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs.
- Pulmonary means ‘affecting the lungs’.
Chronic bronchitis or emphysema can cause obstruction (narrowing) of the airways. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema commonly occur together. The term COPD is used to describe airflow obstruction due to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both
Industries causing Occupational COPD
Mining is just one of the industries whose workers are at an increased risk for developing lung diseases like COPD. Current research supports a strong correlation between loss of lung function and long-term, cumulative exposure to non-organic dust in the workplace.
One study reported that 80 out of 1,000 non-smoking coal miners with cumulative, high levels of dust exposure could be expected to develop a 20% or greater loss of FEV1 attributable to dust. For gold miners, the risk was nearly three times that of coal miners, at less than one-fifth of the cumulative dust exposure.
Other high-risk industries include:
- rubber, plastics and leather manufacturing
- building services
What to do now?
If you believe you are suffering from Occupational COPD or have been diagnosed with it you may able to claim compensation. Contact LPS we work on a No Win No Fee basis so call our Industrial Disease solicitors today on 0800 996 1807, complete our short form, text 4myclaim to 88802 or chat to us online now.