A guide to occupational asthma claims

According to Asthma UK, around one in ten cases of adult-onset asthma is on account of working conditions. Common symptoms of occupational asthma include wheezing, coughing, a tight chest and shortness of breath. Symptoms will often be worse during the working week but can also be present outside of work.

What causes occupational asthma?

There are more than 200 respiratory sensitisers that can cause work-related asthma. These include:

  • Isocyanates chemicals
  • Wood dust
  • Dust from flour and grain
  • Latex rubber dust
  • Dust from animals and insects

If you’re exposed to any of these respiratory sensitisers or have developed asthma as a result of your working conditions, read this guide to find out how you can make a claim.

Frequently asked questions about occupational asthma claims

Can I make a claim for occupational asthma?

Yes. If you believe you have developed asthma because of your working conditions, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Call our industrial disease experts on 0800 709 007 to discuss your case.

How do you prove occupational asthma

A GP can diagnose you with occupational asthma. You should explain your symptoms to them and tell them about your job and the substances you are exposed to.

Having a medical record of your condition can help when pursuing a compensation claim.

Do I have to pay to make a claim?

No, Unite members and their non-working family members are eligible for free legal advice and representation. If you are a member based in Scotland, learn more about the legal support available to you here. For Wales and England, you can read more here.

How long do I have to make my occupational asthma claim?

We recommend getting in touch as soon as possible – you only have three years from the date you first became aware of your condition to make a claim.

What is the average payout for occupational asthma?

The amount of compensation you are awarded will depend upon your condition. Our industrial disease experts will assess your case and will ensure you receive a fair settlement for your suffering and for any medical treatment required. If you are unable to work, as a result of your condition, this will also be taken into account.

Why should I choose Unite Legal Services to support with my claim?

We have a team of solicitors who specialise in industrial diseases, including occupational asthma. They will guide you through the claims process, providing support every step of the way. They will work hard to hold your employer to account and secure the maximum compensation on your behalf. You’ll keep 100% of any compensation awarded.

Learn more about occupational asthma claims or call us on 0800 709 007 to discuss your case.

Read how we helped Ronald secure £33,000 in compensation after being exposed to toxic metalwork fluid at work.