Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
These conditions often result from exposure to noxious particles and gases. Smoking is the main risk factor, but other factors are also associated with COPD. Occupational exposure to vapours, gases, dusts and fumes contributes to the development and progression of COPD, accounting for a population attributable fraction of 14%.
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Workplace pollutants, in particular inorganic dust, can initiate airway damage and inflammation, which are the hallmarks of COPD pathogenesis.
By far the main cause of COPD is smoking but research suggests occupational exposures are likely to play a role.
If you are suffering from COPD which may have been caused or made worse by your employer’s potential negligence regarding your safety, you may have a valid compensation claim.