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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is also medically termed as Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease (COAD). This disease is a broad term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other lung disorders in which the airways become narrowed. This narrowing leads to a limitation of the flow of air to and from the lungs causing shortness of breath. COPD in miners is often caused by breathing in asbestos/cotton fibres or coal/stone dust.

If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) you should seek legal advice from an experienced dust diseases solicitor. Our COPD solicitors have many years experience in handling compensation claims arising from exposure to asbestos, coal dust and other environmental irritants found in workplaces.

legal advice is available by calling our helpline, sending an email or submitting a contact form with your details. No Win No Fee legal representation is also available.


COPD from Mining

Coal dust, mineral dust and silica dust can irritate the sensitive tissues of the lungs and lead to the development of COPD.

Most workplace exposure to coal dust occurs during mining, however exposure can also occur during handling of the mined product during cleaning and blending processes or bulk handling at large coal fired facilities.

Asbestos is another irritant known to cause COPD. Asbestos-related diseases are most commonly found in workers who have been exposed to high concentrations of asbestos fibres in the work environment. Asbestos presents a hazard only if fibres become airborne and are inhaled. The extent to which an asbestos mineral may release respirable fibres depends on the degree to which it is impacted upon through handling and processing.


COPD Symptoms

Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease include:

  • cough with phlegm
  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightening
  • wheezing
  • feelings of anxiety because of breathlessness
  • fatigue
  • poor appetite
  • weight loss
  • muscle wasting

Complications of COPD include chest infections, collapsed lungs, pneumonia, fluid retention, and heart problems.


COPD Diagnosis

Your General Practitioner should take a thorough medical history and occupational history from you, perform an examination and order some tests to confirm your diagnosis.

Pulmonary function tests, arterial blood gas measurements, pulse oximetry, chest x-ray, CT scan, lung diffusion studies and sputum culture, are some of the diagnostic tests used by doctors when they suspect COPD.

To assist with treatment, your GP may advise you to see a respiratory physician. This is a doctor who specialises in treating people who have lung disorders and diseases.


COPD Treatment

There is no cure for COPD. COPD is a distressing disease which progressively limits activities of daily living. Treatment is aimed at alleviating symptoms and stopping the disease from getting worse.

Treatment options include:

  • Bronchodilators (inhalers).
  • Nebulisers.
  • Steroids.
  • Antibiotics for lung infections.
  • Flu vaccine, as flu can exacerbate the disease.
  • Cease smoking.
  • Management of any anxiety and depression.
  • Improve diet and exercise.
  • Surgery - bullectomy; lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS); lung transplant.

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