Farmer’s Lung is a disease caused by a reaction to breathing in dust from mouldy hay and crops. The true medical name for farmer’s lung is allergic alveolitis and is caused by an allergic reaction caused by exposure to stored crops. When crops are stored while they are still damp they can develop bacteria, spores and proteins. When they dry the crops give off dusts which contain these spores and in confined spaces linger in the air. Breathing in too many of these spores or proteins can restrict the way the alveoli – small air sacs in the lung – work, making breathing difficult. Exposure over a long period of time can also lead to permanent scarring of the lungs. Farmer’s lung is the most common form of allergic alveolitis with similar conditions being malt worker’s lung and bird fancier’s lung. An industrial disease claim may be possible if you have been diagnosed with farmer’s lung.
Symptoms of farmer’s lung include breathlessness, fever, coughing and headaches. These symptoms usually occur hours after exposure to the dust. If the period of exposure is short then the symptoms should normally depart after a week or so. Prolonged exposure or several severe attacks can lead to permanent lung damage and the disabling pulmonary fibrosis. To prevent the condition, crops should be thoroughly dry before storage and storage areas should be well ventilated. At times when there is thought to be a risk of farmer’s lung then masks should also be worn.
If you have been diagnosed with farmer’s lung or with allergic alveolitis then you may be able to make anindustrial disease claim. Farmer’s lung compensation can help you financially through the course of your condition. All cases at Ashley Ainsworth are taken on a no win no fee basis so that there is no financial risk to you.
Below is a list of crops that can cause farmers lung if not dried and stored properly:
- Mushroom Compost
If you are unsure if you are able to make a farmer’s lung claim then please call for our free and confidential advice. We take all cases on a no win no fee basis ensuring that you can make your claim without the worry of financial risk. We have vast experience in handling cases like yours and have helped many people receive the compensation they deserve.
Farmer’s Lung Compensation Claim
At Ashley Ainsworth we have vast experience in dealing with farmer’s lung and allergic alveolitis claims. We can provide you with one of our top UK industrial disease claim solicitors who specialise in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the compensation package you are entitled too.
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