I have recently told I might have silicosis and am in need of information as to the best way to pursue a compensation for work-related silicosis. I recently discovered that I suffer from work-related silicosis and although I have been out of work for several years – I used to work in a cement quarry – and I feel that I am eligible to claim compensation from my former employers. Do I qualify to claim compensation?
Your entitlement to pursue compensation for work-related silicosis is dependent on your ability to prove that your former employer is responsible for the condition. If you can prove that their negligence led to your injury – which can only be done by obtaining a medical report from your local hospital – you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.
It is always best to undergo a full medical examination immediately after the condition has become apparent – even when, as is often the case with work-related silicosis, the condition may not be detected for a number of years after the events which led to it.
Work-related silicosis is caused by the constant inhalation of silicon particles over a long period of time. The particles, entrenched in the victim’s lungs, scar the tissue on the interior, which can lead to difficulties breathing, especially later on in life. The more acute forms of the disease can be life-threatening and extremely painful and debilitating. Developing silicosis several years after working in a quarry is not uncommon, and the condition has been known to afflict labourers as far back as 100 years ago.
If you can prove that your employer is responsible for you developing work-related silicosis you may be able to claim compensation not just for the pain and discomfort you have experienced as a result of the condition but for any past, current and future medical expenses which may be needed to treat your condition. There are three different degrees of work-related silicosis – chronic, accelerated and acute – and although it may not be pleasant to think about, you should plan for the worst in case your condition becomes more severe. Fortunately, you may be able to be compensated for any prospective advance in your condition, although it is important that an experienced injury claims solicitor is fully briefed on your condition before you pursue compensation.
Speaking with a qualified injury claims solicitor will allow you access more information about pursuing compensation for work-related silicosis, and may enable you to receive an estimate of how much compensation you are entitled to.