Farmer’s Lung is a disease caused by a reaction to breathing in dust from mouldy hay and crops. The correct 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 still damp they can develop bacterial and fungal infections. Once dry the crops give off dust which contain spores and in confined spaces these linger in the air. Breathing in too many of these spores can restrict the way the alveoli, a small air sack 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. Farmers lung claims may be possible if you have been diagnosed with the condition.
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. 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 an industrial disease claim. Farmer’s lung compensation can help you financially through the course of your condition.
Crops That Can Cause Farmers Lung
Below is a list of crops that can commonly cause farmers lung, if not dried and stored properly:
- Mushroom Compost
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Farmer’s Lung Compensation
At Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors 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 lawyers who is a specialist 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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