Your employers owe you a duty of care to ensure that you are not exposed to harmful fumes, dust, chemicals and other substances. Failure to do so means they have not provided a safe working environment which could give rise to a claim in negligence against them. At PA Duffy and Company we can help you make a claim for compensation against your employer if you have been caused respiratory problems in the course of your employment.
- The most common occupational respiratory problem is asthma, it can be caused if an employer does not provide adequate protection from dust, gas, fumes etc.
- Other respiratory conditions caused by workplace hazards include pneumoconiosis, bronchitis and emphysema, these are again caused by exposure to harmful substances such as chemicals, fumes or even flour.
- These types of injuries are common in occupations such as plastic manufacturers, metal workers, chemical workers, coal miners, painters and bakers.
- Your employer is under a duty to mitigate the risks of exposure by providing protective equipment, appropriate shift rotation and regular breaks.
Making a claim
- If you feel your employer has acted negligently by not providing safe working conditions and this has caused a respiratory problem we can help you to make a claim for compensation.
- Your employer may argue that your respiratory problem was not as a result of unsafe conditions in the workplace. Our expert solicitors will obtain objective medical evidence to support your claim and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.