If you think that you are suffering from pneumoconiosis – perhaps you have experienced a sudden onset of several associated respiratory disease symptoms – you should make an appointment with your doctor without delay. He or she will be able to prescribe treatment for you, and to refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Unfortunately, if your pneumoconiosis has developed sufficiently to cause permanent scarring of your lungs, this can never be cured, but the symptoms can be treated.
You will undoubtedly be advised to avoid any further exposure to the dust that has caused your condition in the first place. If you smoke, you should make every effort to stop as this will make your condition worse.
You may also be prescribed medicines to help with your breathing. In severe cases, you may need to undergo oxygen therapy to help stop levels of oxygen in your bloodstream dropping below 90%.
If you suffer from pneumoconiosis, then colds, flu, and other respiratory infections will have more of an impact on you than other people. You are therefore likely to require annual flu vaccinations and are very likely to be prescribed antibiotics whenever you contract such an infection.
Getting compensation for pneumoconiosis
Pneumoconiosis can have life-changing effects on its sufferers. Managing the disease could potentially require drastic alterations to your everyday functioning. The amount of physical and mental distress this causes can be overwhelming – but you needn't suffer in silence. You could be entitled to compensation if you believe you have contracted it through no fault of your own.
Disregard for health and safety regulations by employers can lead to workers being put in unnecessarily dangerous situations. If you feel that the carelessness of others has cost you your well-being or that you were inexcusably misinformed about the life-threatening risks involved with your line of work, contact us today on 0800 0891331 to see if we can help you make a claim for pneumoconiosis compensation.