Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compensation claims

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term disease where the flow of air into the lungs is gradually reduced as a result of damage to the lung tissue and inflammation of the air passages. Common types of COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. If you believe your illness is related to your work environment then you may be able to bring a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compensation claim.

COPD is often caused as a result of smoking; however, it can also be caused as a result of exposure to chemicals, dust and fumes in the workplace. Common working environments that can contribute to COPD include:

  • working with coal, grain or silica
  • working with isocyanates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or welding fumes.

It has been suggested in some research that approximately 15% of those diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that it can be attributed to workplace exposures, which according to HSE figures could equate to in the region of 4,000 COPD deaths each year within Great Britain.

Coal dust exposure as a result of mining is a well known cause of COPD. However, other industrial / occupational exposures include:

  • cotton dust
  • endotoxin
  • flour dust
  • grain dust
  • man-made vitreous fibres
  • silica
  • wood dust.

and other chemicals such as:

  • cadmium
  • isocyanates
  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • vanadium
  • welding fumes.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis or emphysema and believe that the disease is linked to your work history it may be possible to bring a compensation claim. Please speak to one of our Industrial Disease lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.