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Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease leading to breathing problems. Occupational asthma is where exposure to a substance at work can be shown to have caused the lung inflammation leading to asthma.

Symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. You may have occupational asthma if there is an improvement in your symptoms during periods spent away from work, on weekends or on holidays, and particularly if the improvement is seen while you are at home. This helps to show that whatever is causing your asthma is not in your own home.

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Occupational asthma can affect people in a range of jobs with some people able to continue working as before but with some minor modifications to their working conditions, however others may have to give up their work and re-train in an entirely different career.

This type of asthma can occur in a whole range of different jobs and is caused by chemicals in fumes, dusts, furs etc.

Our specialist team of lawyers has investigated cases for people working across a range of industries and sectors including as paint sprayers, welders, woodworkers, nurses and vets.

Making a claim

To make a claim for occupational asthma we can help you to establish whether your employer has breached their duty of care to you, this could include exposing you to a substance known to be hazardous to your health.

We will also work to establish whether a breach of duty caused, or contributed to, your occupational asthma.

Time limits

There is a strict time limit of three years, with a few stringent exceptions, when you are allowed to make a claim against your employer. The three years begin from the date that you developed occupational asthma or, if later, the date when you knew you had occupational asthma and that it was (partly) due to work, so contact us as soon as possible if you wish to make a claim.