Emphysema compensation claim – information and advice

Emphysema is a lung condition that makes it difficult for the lungs to expel air. It is caused by the lungs being damaged because of irritants entering the airways. Cigarette smoking is the major cause of emphysema, but industrial dusts such as asbestos can also cause the disease.

Initial signs of emphysema include shortness of breath when doing some strenuous activity, or even when resting. Other symptoms may include:

  • Coughing

  • Wheezing

  • Excess mucus

  • Blueness or purple colouring of skin

Facts about emphysema

  • Emphysema is the 15th most chronic condition that forces people to limit their lifestyle

  • Typically, symptoms appear only after 30 to 50 percent of lung tissue is lost

  • Emphysema is most common among men age 65 and older

  • Emphysema is an irreversible disease that can only be slowed

Depending on the severity of the condition, a doctor will use the following methods to diagnose:

  • History and physical examination - including whether he/she smokes or has smoked in the past, and the type of work they do

  • Chest x-ray – this is a very useful tool to evaluate anatomy of the lung

  • CT scan – this obtains images of parts of the body that cannot be seen on a standard x-ray

  • Lung function tests – these can help define the kind and amount of damage to the lungs

There is no cure for emphysema, and therefore the goal of treatment is to slow the development of symptoms. Treatments may include:

  • Breathing retraining - learning how to slowly exhale can help deal with the symptoms

  • Exercise - while exercise doesn't increase lung capacity, it does help the body from becoming weak from under use

  • Surgery

  • Medication

Other industrial diseases
Exposure to asbestos or other industrial dust can cause a number of diseases including:

How we can help
Emphysema is a debilitating condition which can have a dramatic impact on the lives of those suffering. Anyone wishing to make a claim requires the skills and expertise of an experienced personal injury solicitor who understands the issues surrounding this subject:

  • The impact of emphysema
    We appreciate the impact that contracting emphysema has and at all times your claim will be dealt with in a professional and compassionate manner
  • Treatment
    As there is no cure for emphysema, treatment is vital for those suffering the condition. We will arrange treatment and support for you through our links with the country’s best medical services
  • Legal issues
    The law surrounding asbestos is changing continually and we have an advanced and up-to-date understanding of issues relating to asbestos claims such as regulations and company responsibility
  • Medical experts
    Access to the UK’s leading medical experts who will play a key role in providing expert medical opinion to support your emphysema claim
  • Witnesses
    An established network to enable us to trace witnesses even from as long ago as 20 years +

Contact us now
If you would like to speak to a member of our claim team about emphysema or other asbestos disease, please call us on 0800 781 7789 or complete the claim assessment form opposite and we’ll get back in touch with you.


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