Emphysema Compensation Claims
Emphysema is a pulmonary condition that leads to breathing difficulties. It is a co-morbidity of chronic bronchitis, which exacerbates the breathing difficulties caused by COPD. The difference between them is that chronic bronchitis is a long-term cough caused by mucus. Emphysema is the destruction of alveoli, their walls and the elastic fibres that supports the lungs. This lung condition results due to persistent obstruction of the airway when a person is exposed to a dusty environment for a prolonged period.
You may be able to receive compensation if your working conditions have contributed to the onset of emphysema or other conditions related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Smoking is the leading cause of emphysema in the United Kingdom. Having good legal representation can ensure your claim for emphysema stands the best chance of a successful outcome. One example of emphysema cases (not our own) is when many people contracted the disease in North West England after working in the coal mining industry.
What are the Symptoms of Emphysema?
Your symptoms may be mild or non-existent at first. As the disease worsens, your symptoms could become more severe. They can include:
- Coughing or wheezing that occurs without warning.
- A cough that constantly produces a lot of mucus.
- A feeling of being short of breath, especially during physical activity
- When breathing, you might hear a whistling or squeaky sound
- Feelings of tightness or pressure in the chest
Emphysema patients can also get frequent respiratory infections, like colds and cases of flu. As emphysema progresses, you can lose weight, develop muscular weakness, and develop swelling in your feet, ankles, or legs. It is recommended that you visit your GP if you suffer from any of these symptoms. This will help you obtain the correct diagnosis and the best treatment possible.
How is Emphysema Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of emphysema cannot be made purely on the basis of symptoms. At first, your doctor may ask about your symptoms, examine your chest and listen to your breathing using a stethoscope, ask about your smoking habits, calculate your BIM and ask if your family has any history of lung problems. If your doctor suspects you may be suffering from emphysema, it is likely you may be referred to a specialist for further tests to confirm the diagnosis. They may include things like:
Your doctor may recommend you to take a chest x-ray to identify emphysema and rule out other related lung illnesses. This test is successful at diagnosing emphysema in its advanced stages. Furthermore, Computerised Tomography scans can also be taken at different angles to identify emphysema.
In this test, your doctor will take a blood sample from your arteries and test the efficiency of your lungs when inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide.
Lung Function Test
Here the doctor uses a device known as spirometer where the patient blows air. After getting the results, he will then infer your lung capacity to hold air and the flow of air in and out of the lungs. In addition, your doctor will also determine if breathed oxygen is able to reach the blood stream.
It is so unfortunate that science is yet to discover a permanent cure for emphysema and the kind of medicines available such as bronchodilators and corticosteroid sprays only relieves pain by opening airways.
Emphysema can be caused by long-term smoking but work related Emphysema is caused by dust from coal and other materials. Emphysema is a progressive disease and gradually gets worse and worse before finding that the sufferer will be housebound relying on breathing apparatus.
Somebody who has contracted Emphysema will find themselves constantly weary and the dust has settled in the lung and damaged the inside. When the lungs are damaged then the sufferer will find it harder and harder to breath. This will cause the body to have a lack of oxygen. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Emphysema.
How Will I Start Emphysema Compensation Claims?
If you have been diagnosed with emphysema and not able to work due to poor working conditions that exposed you to dust environment, good news is that you qualify to be compensated for all the damages suffered due to the negligence of your employer.
If you need help or living with someone suffering from emphysema, just give us a call and we will help you to get the appropriate compensation that is worth your suffering. Once you make that call, you will be attached to a team of highly qualified personal injury lawyers who have previously won many emphysema compensation claims.
Firstly, we will ask you some general questions and based on the information you give us we will be able to discern if your condition is emphysema by looking at supporting documents from your doctor. If we are satisfied that your illness is indeed emphysema, we will take your case from there to sue your employer and ensure that you are fully compensated.
How Long Before I Can Claim Compensation for My Emphysema Condition?
If someone or company is at fault, you can claim compensation for emphysema; such a claim is commonly referred to as occupation disease claim/industrial compensation claim. Examples of industrial working environment that may predispose one to emphysema include; activities in the coal mines, exposure to harmful industrial dust, prolonged inhalation of hazardous industrial dust, lack/ ineffective protective gears…
If your former employer is found guilty of exposing you to working in an environment with poor ventilation, you will be entitled to compensation for all the sufferings that you have endured and financial losses incurred as a result of your illness.
What is an Emphysema Compensation Claim Worth?
There are factors that are usually looked at in order to determine the amount of money that you can claim for emphysema. The amount will be influenced by age of the victim and his/her life expectancy. Other factors that our solicitors can also push for consideration include losses incurred in payment of medical bills and your inability to work. In many claim cases handled in the UK, the average pay calculated for emphysema claims ranges from £40,000 to £100,000. However, these figures are based on general judicial study guidelines and compensation up to the stated figures is not guaranteed because amounts depend on factors already discussed.
Emphysema Compensation Claims Calculator
If you have developed Emphysema and it’s having a negative effect on your life, you may be entitled to claim compensation. For a general guide as to what you may be entitled to claim, please see below.
Minor Emphysema Compensation Amounts
There may be compensation available if the symptoms were very infrequent and did not have a large impact on your work or leisure.
£4,390 to £15,580
Moderate Emphysema Compensation Amounts
If emphysema is affecting your day to day life and the condition shows no signs of improving. You might have experienced severe breathlessness and difficulty breathing. You could be entitled to compensation in the region of:
£15,580 to £24,690
Serious Emphysema Compensation Amounts
In this category, some attacks interfere with your job and home life on a continual basis. You deserve compensation if this is your case.
£24,690 to £48,740
Severe Emphysema Compensation Amounts
When you suffer severe breathlessness, possibly requiring care or being unable to work, we may be able to obtain compensation on your behalf. Your daily life may be altered and you may be forced to switch careers as a result.
£43,740 to £61,700
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Tylers a No-Win, No-Fee Emphysema Compensation Claims Solicitor?
We give our clients the first priority and we have empathy for much suffering they have endured for living with emphysema. It is for this reason that we are a ‘No Win No Fee’ claims solicitor also known as conditional fee arrangement. This means that we are not going to ask you to pay us any legal charges unless you have won your case and have been awarded compensation. Give us a call today so that we can offer you a ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement.
If you need legal advice or any other information regarding emphysema compensation claims, give us a call and we will immediately start processing your case. Alternatively, you may also visit our website and fill emphysema compensation claim form and we will make a point to call you back so that we can arrange how we can meet with you for an interview.
If you have been exposed to dust from former (or current) employment and have contracted Emphysema as a result then you can make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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