Pneumoconiosis

Pneumoconiosis is the name given to a set of incurable lung diseases that are brought on by the inhalation of dust particles of different types.

For example, if coal dust is inhaled over a long period of time it can result in a condition known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis. Lung disease caused by silica dust, on the other hand, is known as silicosis.

The conditions are similar in that they all result in inflammation and scarring to the lungs, as the body tries to deal with and get rid of the inhaled dust. Chest pain, persistent coughs and shortness of breath are common symptoms, and these can lead to further complications.

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Because dusts can be so hazardous to the health of their workers, employers are required by law to ensure that their employees are exposed to them as little as possible.

The most important set of rules in this area is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). You can find out more about COSHH in the work accident section of this website.

As a general rule, however, if you were negligently exposed to a substance that caused you to develop pneumoconiosis, you could be entitled to compensation.

Pneumoconiosis Compensation Claims

Thompsons Solicitors is the leading personal injury legal firm in the country. We have a specialist Lung Disease team, dedicated to fighting for the rights of people who have been negligently exposed to materials such as coal dust or asbestos.

Thinking about a compensation claim? Talk to an expert on 0800 0891331. 

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