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Justice For Worker After Developing Lung Disease

Our workplace illness solicitors secured compensation for a former fibreglass laminator following his development of a rare respiratory condition, which was caused by his exposure to styrene at work. 

Mr H suffers from obliterative bronchiolitis, a disease of the lungs which has a limiting effect on his ability to gain meaningful employment and carry out day-to-day tasks around the home. The condition is permanent and one from which he will not recover.

Mr H contacted David Johnston-Keay, an associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell. We settled the case in September 2014 for nearly £75,000. The size of the award reflects the significant problems Mr H now suffers and compensates him for the loss of his job. For Mr H however, the claim brought more than the financial security that goes with a five-figure award.

“I was diagnosed with occupational asthma nearly 15 years ago and have been using various inhalers and medication ever since,” he explained. “It wasn’t until the medical experts in the case insisted I go for a further scan that the real underling problem became known. With the help of those experts and my solicitor, I was referred for a more appropriate treatment plan.”

David Johnston-Keay said: “Whilst the settlement is a relatively substantial one, there is no amount of money which can give Mr H his health back. Injuries such as this are avoidable. Good systems of work, adherence to good practice and the proper provision of personal protective equipment are simple and cost effective ways of minimising the risks. 

“In this particular case, I am pleased that we have made a difference for Mr H. Not only did we secure a financial settlement, but with the assistance of the medical experts on both sides, the cause of his respiratory problems were identified and as a result, we were able to assist in his rehabilitation.”

If you or a loved one has suffered from respiratory problems - such as occupational asthma or silicosis - caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.

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