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World COPD Day: 21st November 2018


Wednesday 21st November 2018 is “World COPD Day”, a day dedicated to raising awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe a group of progressive lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. COPD occurs when the lungs become inflamed, damaged and narrowed and could be caused by factors such as long-term exposure to harmful fumes or dust, perhaps in a working environment. According to the British Lung Foundation, 115,000 people are diagnosed with COPD each year – equivalent to a new diagnosis every 5 minutes.


The Health and Safety Executive has published statistics which show that workers in the following industries are at an increased risk of developing COPD:



Brick making


Construction Sites and Welders

Dock workers

Flour and grain mills/factories

Foundries and Stonemasonry




Rubber and Plastics



If you have been diagnosed, within the last three years, with a lung or respiratory disease which you feel may have been caused by working conditions, even if the work you did was a long time ago, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Contact Linzie Viles, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and one of our dedicated Personal Injury team, on 01623 626141 or at to discuss how we may be able to help you to bring a claim.

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