Lung damage or illnesses can occur as a result of an accident, medical negligence or an industrial disease. We understand the severity of these situations and the impact they can have on individuals and their families.
If you or a loved one has suffered a lung injury as a result of another party’s actions, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Call our lung injury lawyers on 0808 164 0808.
Lung injury FAQs
To provide you with further guidance, we have answered some common questions around lung damage and claiming compensation for lung illnesses or injuries. If you require further advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What are the types of lung injuries and illnesses?
The most severe type of lung injuries following an accident or illness include:
- the loss of one of the lungs
- permanent impairment of function or physical injury to the lung resulting in a reduction of life expectancy
- damage to the lung that causes a continuing disability
Other lung injuries that can occur as result of an accident or exposure include:
- a wound to the chest that causes permanent damage to the tissue, but thankfully not a long-term effect on lung function
- a collapsed lung
- smoke inhalation that causes a temporary loss of function
What are the other types of respiratory disease?
There are unfortunately many types of respiratory disease that can be caused as a result of an individual’s work environment.
Please see our respiratory disease compensation claims page for further information.
How do I know if my lungs are damaged?
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, it could mean that you have suffered a lung injury or developed a lung illness:
- Inability to catch your breath
- Spluttering and wheezing
- Pain and tightness in the chest area
- Chest infections that become more frequent
It’s advisable to seek medical advice if you begin to display these symptoms.
Who is liable for my lung injury?
In the first instance it’s important that you’re able to prove who is responsible for your lung damage. One of the most common reasons for lung injuries is exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.
Your employer should always:
- Educate all employees about the risks of the working environment
- Implement procedures for controlling hazardous materials
- Supply sufficient PPE for all employees
- If exposure prevention is impossible, employers must do their upmost to control the exposure to a minimum
- Carry out regular assessments of the workplace and hazardous materials
- Adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
For example, if you’ve been exposed to harmful chemicals at work without appropriate PPE, and you’ve since developed a lung illness, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
This is equally important for people who have endured lung damage due to medical negligence. If you’ve suffered from lung cancer and were misdiagnosed, or experienced any other form of medical negligence in relation, you may also be eligible to make a lung compensation claim.
How do I make a lung claim for compensation?
Firstly, you should report the incident to whoever you believe is responsible. In terms of the workplace, your employer should be told about your lung injury, and any medical professionals who have been negligent should be informed as well.
Then, you should seek legal advice. Our lung illness solicitors will be able to guide you through the claims process and help get you the compensation you deserve. We’ll start with an initial consultation, where we will listen to your case and outline what we’ll need to gather in evidence. This usually includes:
- Any witness documents
- Your medical records
Call us now on 0808 164 0808.
How long do I have to make a lung compensation claim?
You have three years from the date of the incident that caused your lung injury, or three years from the date you became aware of the injury or lung illness.
Contact our lung injury lawyers today
If you or a loved one have suffered a lung injury or illness due to the fault of another, then you may be able to bring a lung injury compensation claim.