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- What is Farmer’s Lung and Can I Claim Compensation?
- Who Has the Greatest Risk of Developing Farmer’s Lung?
- How Can I Determine If I Have Farmer’s Lung?
- Should I File a Farmer’s Lung Compensation Claim?
- What Do I Need to Consider With Regards to Farmer’s Lung Compensation?
- Can Tylers Help Me To Claim Compensation for Farmer’s Lung?
- Why Should I Choose Tylers for No-Win, No-Fee Farmer’s Lung Compensation?
Farmer’s lung is caused by moulds and fungi which are breathed in, typically during crop harvesting or while using hay, that have caused an respiratory illness. These moulds can occur from un-harvested crops which have had too much exposure to rain, or on already harvested hay which has been stored in an area where moulds and bacterium have been allowed to accumulate on the crop.
Farmer’s lung contributors are generally not a contagious disease, yet the bacterium and moulds can spark infections and viruses which are. Certain types of spores may have bacterium and contaminants upon them already which will cause other illnesses alongside the Farmer’s Lung. You can claim compensation for farmers lung is the correct equipment was not provided.
Individuals that work around hay or crops have a very high rate of developing Farmer’s lung, especially during seasons where the humidity is high and rainy seasons. Farmer’s lung is not monopolized to just farmers in the typical farm setting (though this is the main demographic group). Some occupations where farmer’s lung may develop indirectly are:
- Individuals which work in a shed or workshop which utilizes hay for a floor covering.
- Occupations which are exposed to animal fur, dandruff, feathers, etc. which could be ingested.
- Manufacturing plants of animal feed and grains
- Farm equipment retail stores which stock hay, feed, and grains.
The symptoms for Farmer’s lung are vast. As farmer’s lung can be caused by a great deal of spores, dust, debris, hair, and such in the air, it is really difficult to identify a specific identifying factor. However, there are a few symptoms which may help you determine if you need to seek the professional diagnosis. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you are advised to seek the opinion of a medical staff, practitioner, or doctor.
- Coughing – Coughing, especially continuous coughing or dry coughing should be considered serious. If you are coughing up phlegm regularly this is also a symptom.
- Shortness of breath or trouble in taking deep breaths
- Dizziness or light headiness
- Irritations around the nose, mouth, throat, or lungs
- Chest pains
- Runny nose
Irritations to the hands – In many cases your hands can indicate what your body has not. Moulds and bacterium which get exposed to the hands causing irritations or allergic reactions can be an indicator that you are breathing in harmful spores.
If you are experiencing any discomfort with your respiratory system, you are encouraged to get professional advice as to the treatment and diagnosis.
If you have developed farmer’s lung due to the negligence of others, than you have cause for a claim. Negligence may include the failure to prevent crops from becoming moulded, improper storage of grains, poor ventilation, or a failure to inform the worker of pet dandruff and other allergens within the work environment.
As hay is subject to forming moulds and bacterium, preventive measures need to be taken in order to keep the crop dry. If harvested wet, the hay, grain, or other crop needs to be dried properly.
If you have worked in a barn, warehouse, or other dusty building which has not met the ventilation building and code standards, you may have a claim.
If you work in a factory which handles grains, hay, or other crops and have not been given proper safety gear to prevent farmer’s lung (such as a breathing mask) you may have grounds for a claim.
There are many factors which can cause farmer’s lung. Proper diagnosis and treatment will help you to keep from developing other conditions from the farmer’s lung. If there has been clear negligence in regards to the prevention, spread, or treatment of moulds and bacterium in your working environment, you may have grounds for a claim.
When filing a farmer’s lung compensation claim it is essential that you do so quickly. Most compensation claims are dependent upon the time you were diagnosed in relation to the time you took to file the claim.
Keep in mind that the most successful claims are those which are not hindered by a lifestyle which may heighten or contribute to the illness. Smoking and other such lifestyle choices which may affect the respiratory system may have a negative effect upon your case. This is not to say that you should not file your claim.
We are here to help you. Please contact us if you have any inquires about your farmer’s lung compensation claim. If you believe that you are a victim of negligence as it relates the development of your current farmer’s lung condition please contact us. We will work closely with you, using our years of experience to get you the compensation that you are entitled to.
If you would like to make a compensation claim for a Farmers Lung case then call Tylers Solicitors today for a no-obligation chat on (freephone) 0800 699 0079 today!
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