Respiratory and Lung Disease Claims

Figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) suggest that there are approximately 12,000 deaths each year due to occupational respiratory diseases; about two-thirds of which are because of COPD and asbestos-related diseases. Statistics show that these diseases take a long time to develop following exposure to the irritant that caused them.

Our specialist industrial disease solicitors are experts in respiratory and lung disease claims and understand how difficult it can be for you and your family to come to terms with a diagnosis of respiratory disease. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we will work quickly to establish whether you have a valid claim for respiratory injury compensation, and our team will also put you in touch with charities and support groups whilst we pursue your case.

Respiratory and lung diseases can be caused by exposure to harmful substances at your workplace such as fine particle dust, fumes, chemicals, spores and hazardous materials. Employees who work with the following are often exposed to elements that may result in industrial or occupational respiratory disease:

  • Textiles
  • Asbestos
  • Sand
  • Hay
  • Welding
  • Plastic
  • Manufacturing

Depending on the length and level of exposure, symptoms of respiratory diseases can include breathing difficulties, tiredness, fever, and a persistent cough. Although many of these diseases may be treatable, some are fatal. Occupations with a high incidence of respiratory problems include:

  • Shipping and Dockyard workers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Bakery workers
  • Construction workers
  • Foundry workers
  • Quarry and stone workers
  • Vehicle paint sprayers
  • Welders

Common industrial diseases for which no win – no fee respiratory disease claims can be made include:



This is a long-term condition that affects your breathing airways. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. If you come into contact with an asthma trigger, including hazardous chemicals, spores, dust, and other fumes, it can make your symptoms worse and even bring on an asthma attack.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

It includes:

  • Chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
  • Emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs

COPD is a common condition that mainly affects older adults who smoke. Many people do not realise they have it, until it is too late. The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control. Harsh workplace agents can worsen the disease.



Emphysema is a lung condition that causes shortness of breath. In people with emphysema, the air sacs in the lungs are damaged. Over a period of time, the inner walls of the air sacs weaken and rupture — creating larger air spaces instead of many small ones. This reduces the surface area of the lungs and, in turn, the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream.

Causes of Emphysema can include:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Chemical fumes and dust

If you breathe fumes from certain chemicals or dust from grain, wood, cotton, or mining products, you are more likely to develop emphysema. This risk is even greater if you smoke.


Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis describes a group of lung diseases where the lungs become progressively stiffer and smaller, eventually leading to low oxygen levels in the blood. Working in an industrial environment can lead to pulmonary fibrosis.

Other Industrial Diseases include:


Sufferers of Respiratory Illnesses and Risk of COVID-19

There are several factors that will affect your risk of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus. Having a long-term lung condition or respiratory illness is one of them. However, it is also important to remember that your own level of risk will be affected by many different interacting factors. Whilst your respiratory illness may play a part in your level of risk from COVID-19, your risk is also affected by lots of other things too, particularly your age. Websites such as the NHS website  provide some of the most up-to-date and reliable information regarding coronavirus and other support services such as the British Lung Foundation also offer  useful advice and guidance.


Can I Make a Compensation Claim for Respiratory or Lung Disease?

If your diagnosis has been within the last three years and your respiratory disease has been caused by occupational exposure to harmful substances or working conditions, then you may be able to make a respiratory disease claim for compensation.

You should also be aware that the 3 year limitation period for starting a compensation claim for an industrial-related disease starts from the date you were first informed of the diagnosis of the disease, rather than when you were initially exposed to any harmful substances, as, in the case of asbestos for example, this could have been over 40 years ago.


What Compensation Am I Entitled To?

If your illness is due to exposure to asbestos, along with making a claim for compensation, there are also a number of benefits available to people who have asbestos-related diseases, including a one-off payment which you may be entitled to, under the Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979. 

Our experienced team will be able to guide you through all the benefits and payments that may be available to you and explain the process of making a claim for compensation.

The dangers of asbestos have been widely known about for many years and it may be that your employer was negligent and breached its duty of care to keep you safe.


Respiratory and Lung Disease Solicitors

In any type of work there is an element of risk. However, it is the responsibility of employers to minimise that risk as much as possible. If you or a loved one has been exposed to a harmful substance, it is crucial you seek medical advice immediately so that your condition can be property diagnosed. If you think that your employer was negligent in breaching its duty of care to you, it is essential that you seek the help of an appropriately experienced solicitor as claims for occupational diseases are often more complex than other personal injury claims.

With over 25 years’ experience in industrial disease law, our team has supported and achieved justice and compensation for thousands of people across the UK who have suffered from respiratory injuries as a result of their working environment.


No Win – No Fee Respiratory and Lung Disease Claims

Larcomes can provide a No Win – No Fee legal service for Respiratory and Lung Disease Claims. This is a funding solution, sometimes known as a ‘conditional fee agreement,’ which means that you do not have to pay anything upfront for your legal fees and that, if your case is unsuccessful, you will not be responsible for any of the legal fees. These will normally be covered by way of a legal expenses insurance policy which your solicitor will discuss with you at the start of your case.

For more information on claiming compensation for Respiratory and Lung Diseases and our No Win – No Fee compensation claim legal services, please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry


Get in Touch

To speak with one of our specialist Industrial Disease team members please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry.

If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, please visit the website of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support (Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group) for further information and support. Please click hereto be taken to their website. 

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If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, please visit the website of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support for further information and support.

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