What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease condition in which the lungs become scarred. This can be painful and will make breathing difficult. This is a developing illness which will cause the symptoms to get worse over time. As such, it is often ignored in the early stages. Over time, this lung disease can cause light and non-strenuous activities, such as getting dressed or cooking, to become exhausting. It is important that these illnesses are diagnosed early, allowing medical professionals to begin treatment.

This form of lung disease is characterised by the changes in the alveoli. The alveoli are tiny air sacs which are present in the lungs. These alveoli will become damaged and increasingly scarred. This can cause the lungs themselves to stiffen. As such, the oxygen you breathe in will find it more difficult to enter the bloodstream, resulting in a shortness of breath.

If you suffer from any lung disease that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with our team directly. We can help you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. You could be forced to undergo a great deal of pain and suffering throughout the illness. As such, the money that you receive could be essential in making your life more comfortable.

Over the years, the experienced team at Tylers have deliver a complete range of no-win, no-fee legal services. We have helped people of all ages and professions to make successful claims for compensation against employers and people responsible for these injuries. We can help you to understand how viable your personal injury claim is. If you do have a legitimate claim, we can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to. If you suffered the injury following years of working in an unsafe environment, get in touch with our experienced team today.

How Much Compensation Could I Get for Pulmonary Fibrosis Claims in the UK?

The amount of money that you receive in compensation will depend on the level of suffering that you’ve been forced to undergo. This compensation amount will also take a range of other factors into consideration. This can include factors like your age and how culpable the person or business responsible is for your illness. You may also be able to claim for lost wages, or the loss of potential wages, as a result of this illness.

You could use the money you receive to make practical changes to your home. This can help you to enjoy a more comfortable life with your illness. Many people choose to convert their lower floors to allow them to more easily access their essential rooms. When you suffer from IPF, even something as simple as climbing the stairs can be extremely taxing.

Here at Tylers Solicitors, we can help you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. Our experienced team of no-win, no-fee legal experts are here to help you get the maximum compensation you are entitled to. You’ll be able to make a claim for practically any lung disease that isn’t your fault.

Types of Lung Disease Description Amount of Compensation
Temporary to Long-Term Bronchitis Bronchitis which last for a short period of time or results in long-term symptoms. These conditions will not affect your life significantly but can reduce the capacity of your lungs. You will still be eligible to work, travel and socialise. £1,900 to £27,500.
Shortness of Breath Caused by Lung Damage This includes any kind of long-term or permanent lung damage. However, it doesn’t involve a serious lung disease which can often bring with it additional symptoms. £27,500 to £48,000.
Pulmonary Fibrosis and Other Lung Diseases

This can include a wide range of lung diseases, such as:

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis.
  • Emphysema.
  • Lung Cancer.
  • Pneumoconiosis.
  • Chronic Bronchitis.
  • COPD.
£48,000 to £119,000.

What Causes Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly clear what causes idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. There are many factors which have been linked to the illness, including:

  • Exposure to Metal and Wood Dust.
  • Viral Infections.
  • Smoking.
  • Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD).
  • A Family History of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

What are the Symptoms of IPF?

IPF can have a range of painful and uncomfortable symptoms. These symptoms can develop gradually and include:

  • Shortness of Breath.
  • A Persistent, Dry and Painful Cough.
  • Exhaustion and Insomnia.
  • Rounded, Swollen and Sore Fingertips.

Can IPF Cause Weight Loss?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis can cause you to lose weight dramatically. This lung disease can place a great deal of stress on your body, causing you to quickly burn through any fat or muscle you have.

How Will My Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Be Diagnosed?

IPF will normally be diagnosed through several different tests. These medical tests can include:

  • Chest X-Rays.
  • Lung Function/Breathing Tests.
  • Blood Tests.

Lung biopsies are also common. This is where a small piece of lung tissue is removed via keyhole surgery and analysed.

Can IPF Be Misdiagnosed?

It is possible for IPF to be misdiagnosed. Whether you’ve been misdiagnosed with the illness or misdiagnosed with another lung disease, get in touch today. You will be eligible to make a compensation claim for medical negligence.

Who is Vulnerable to IPF?

Older people are more vulnerable to developing IPF than younger patients. It usually affects people between 70 and 75 years old. It can sometimes be difficult to diagnose as you may assume that you are simply getting old.

Is IPF Genetic?

There is evidence to suggest that vulnerabilities to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is genetic. If there is a history of IPF in your family, then you are at increased risk of developing the illness.

Can My Pulmonary Fibrosis Be Cured?

Unfortunately, pulmonary fibrosis cannot be cured. If you have this condition, you are stuck with it for the rest of your life. However, there are several treatments which can be used to limit the symptoms of this lung disease.

What Treatments are Available?

Some of the IPF symptoms available in the UK today include:

  • Medication to Reduce Scarring, Such as Nintedanib and Pirfenidone.
  • Breathing Oxygen Through a Mask.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • Self-Care Measures, including:
  • Stopping Smoking.
  • Exercising Regularly.
  • Eating Healthily.

How Effective Are IPF Treatments?

The above treatments have all proven successful in slowing down the scarring of patient’s lungs. None of these treatments will be able to reverse existing scarring, but they can slow the development of the lung disease.

Is IPF Terminal?

IPF is a lung disease that you will have for the rest of your life. However, it isn’t necessarily terminal. Many patients can survive with the illness for many, many years. This is particularly true if they follow the recommended treatments.

What is the Life Expectancy of Someone with IPF?

Someone with IPF can survive for many, many years after the diagnosis. However, as the illness only tends to affect older people, it is difficult to provide a concrete life expectancy. Many patients survive for years after the initial diagnoses.

Can I Claim for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in the UK?

If you suffer from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, you’ll be able to make a claim for compensation. You can claim for any lung disease you suffer from, so long as it isn’t your fault. If you were/are a smoker, you could be ineligible.

Where Can I Find More Information?

Get in Touch with Tylers for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Compensation in the UK

Here at Tylers Solicitors, we can help you to get the lung disease compensation you need. Our no-win, no-fee legal experts are able to help people from all walks of life get the justice they need. If you’ve worked in any environment which could have contributed to your lung disease, get in touch with our team today.

IPF is a serious health condition which can be extremely serious if untreated. If you’ve suffered any IPF illness, get in touch with our team today. We can help you to make medical negligence compensation claims if you’ve undergone any kind of ling disease misdiagnosis. Our experienced team are here to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team today. Our no-win, no-fee legal experts can help you to get the compensation you need to make yourself comfortable following any lung disease. You can reach our legal team by calling us directly on 0800 699 0079. If you prefer, you can utilise our simple online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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