What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is quite common in the UK and is caused by damage to the lung causing the airways to narrow. Many industries can cause this, such as:

  • Quarrying
  • Flour & Grain
  • Coal Mining
  • Brick Making
  • Textile
  • Welders
  • Stonemasonry
  • Potters & Ceramics

There are many other industries that can be the cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and are a result of chemicals and dust that are inhaled, such as:

  • Coal Dust
  • Cotton Dust
  • Mineral Dust
  • Silica Dust
  • Welding Fumes
  • Cadmium Dust
  • Organic Dusts

Many of the dusty industries can also lead to other occupational diseases such as Occupational Asthma.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an overall or general term that’s used to describe a variety of lung diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis and chronic obstructive airways. These ailments though all quite debilitating, the compensation will be dependent on your age, nature of the ailment and life expectancy as set out in a report from a qualified and recognised medical consultant. Documented claim payouts normally range between £40,000 and £100,000. It is advisable to discuss with your solicitor about your possible claim payout figures. Experienced solicitors such as Tylers Solicitors will advise you accordingly on the most appropriate claim figure to pursue and expect.

What Information WIll I Be Expected to Disclose About My Disease?

On your first consultation, it won’t be necessary to disclose every detail of your disease. The consultation will firstly inform you of the legal proceedings and assess the eligibility to claim with a view to how much compensation you may be expected to receive. Any evidence of your condition will be accumulated from your medical records in which we will contact your doctors on your behalf.

The British Lung Foundation work tirelessly to campaign, raise awareness and organise events around the UK to help with suffers from lung conditions including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). If you are looking for an arm of support for you or someone suffering from the condition, you can find out more from their website.

What are the Symptoms of COPD?

Just as the causes of COPD are varied so are the symptoms. Some of the first signs include chest tightness, some wheezing and difficulty in breathing. There will also be increased levels of breathlessness, especially so when training or doing some light exercises. Some people will experience bouts of short breath when doing very little activity or even when just sitting down. Patients also complain of a persistent cough which is usually accompanied by mucus or phlegm, especially so in the morning and is commonly known as the smokers a cough. In some instances, the shape of a patient’s chest changes and looks barrel like or expanded. There are also very frequent chest infections reported by patients. It is worth noting though that all the above symptoms tend to get worse during winter.

At times the symptoms may flare up in a phenomenon known as COPD exacerbation. These flare-ups can range from very mild to life-threatening. Normally, the longer you have the disease, the more severe these flare-ups tend to be. They are usually treated by adding some extra medications such as steroid tablets without or with antibiotics. The additional medication is usually taken until such a time when the symptoms recede.

To diagnose COPD, a qualified doctor will do a physical exam on you and listen keenly to your lungs. He or she will also go ahead to ask you relevant questions about your past health. He or she will be keen to know whether you smoke or have been exposed to other elements such as welding fumes, cadmium dust, cotton or mineral dust, coal or even silica dust.

The doctor will also go ahead to take you through some breathing tests which will include spirometry to help in finding out how well your lungs are functioning. In most instances, a chest X-ray will also be done with the specific intention of ruling out any other ailments which may inadvertently be the cause of your symptoms.

Occasionally a doctor can also ask for a special CT Scan of the chest, using high-resolution CT to confirm a few issues with your lungs and their present condition.

Is Tylers A No-Win, No-Fee Solicitors for COPD?

As is the norm with qualified and highly experienced solicitors, Tylers Solicitors are a No Win, No Fee group of solicitors. We are well aware of the financial constraints regarding medical bills and other incidental costs patients face during this period and would, therefore, desist from burdening you with a set of legal fees. We therefore only receive our fee once your claim has been paid, for this particular reason we only take cases which we believe have a strong possibility of success as we wouldn’t like to spend our time in cases which we believe we wouldn’t win. So any brief that we have, we do believe it has a high chance of succeeding, and we shall do our best to ensure our clients succeed in getting the claim payout that’s due to them.

Where Can I Find More Information About COPD?

The internet is one great resource centre for anyone eager to know more about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms and its suggested treatment methodologies. There is a trove of vital information out there which both patients suffering from the disease and loved ones caring for them can get some valuable advice on the best course of action on virtually any possible scenario. Your doctor can also be of great help as he or she has lots of experience on the available treatments. For legal issues, getting into contact with a reliable personal injury lawyer to offer you advice on how to go about laying your relevant claim.

How Can I Make A Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Claim?

Making a COPD claim is a complicated and tedious process and is best handled by a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer such as one at Tylers Solicitors. It usually involves the use of specialist medical experts in this particular field to provide a thorough and well thought out professional report about your condition. This report can then be used as a basis for lodging that particular claim. Usually, compensation for COPD is not a straightforward affair as it is imperative for the solicitor to prove that you did develop the ailment as a direct consequence of your work set up or environment. This is usually complicated because as earlier mentioned, there are several causes of COPD and the solicitor must, therefore, prove on the balance of probabilities that it is the exposure to known causes of the ailment at your workplace which are the primary reasons for developing the disease.

Once an agreement has been reached between the solicitor and the client, the solicitor will then commence pursuing a relevant claim for both injury and any future damages against either the public place insurance company or the employer and successfully achieve the settlement that you so much deserve.

How Long Before I Can Claim for COPD?

In 1980 the UK government passed The Limitation Act which went ahead to introduce a Statute of Limitations. This particular legislation does limit the time for making any claim for personal injury compensation. Most personal injury claims have a time limit of three years. In the case of COPD, the claim commences from the day the patient knows he or she is suffering from the disease. It is, therefore, critical for claimants to lodge their payout claims before the three-year window lapses.

It is, therefore, important for anyone who has symptoms of COPD to visit a doctor and either confirm or eliminate the presence of the same. Once you have confirmed the presence of COPD, it is imperative then to lodge your complaint as early as realistically possible and also start on your treatment regimen. Just like any other disease, if detected early enough it can be managed. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.

Need more information? Don’t worry, Lee Kirton or one of our other professional claims solicitors will advise you along the way

Call today on 0800 699 0079 to start your compensation claim!

Let’s Make Things Better

Start your claim today!