• Chest Injuries – £1,000 – £125,00
  • Lung Disease – £1,000 – £113,000
  • Asthma – £4,000 – £55,000

The majority of compensation awarded for these types of injury are mainly due to the affects of an industrial related disease (see Asbestos Disease). Injuries which are as a result of an accident are relatively rare in comparison.

Chest Injuries

Fractures of the ribs and soft tissue (£3,000) can result in serious pain and cause disability, but a full recovery is expected within a matter of weeks.  A collapsed lung (£1,000 – £4,000) will lead to a full recovery without any further complications in the future. Toxic smoke/fume inhalation (£4,000 – £10,000) causes some ongoing damage, however this is not serious enough to cause permanent damage to the lungs. A relatively simple injury (£10,000 – £15,00) usually causes permanent tissue damage often as a result of a single penetrating wound but with no a long-term effect on lung function. Damage to the chest and lungs (£26,000 – £45,000) results in an ongoing, permanent disability. Traumatic injury to the chest, lungs or heart (£55,000 – £84,000) is permanent causing physical disability and reduces life expectancy. Removal of one lung and/or serious heart damage (£84,000 – £125,000) will leave the injured person with serious and prolonged pain as well as permanent and significant scarring.

Lung Disease

Lung disease is frequently a worsening condition and can cause aggravation of bronchitis (£1,000 – £4,000). However, this is generally temporary with a recovery period of a few months. Slight breathlessness (£8,000 – £17,000) which will have no significant impact on a persons work or social life and a full recovery is expected within a few years of exposure. Bronchitis or wheezing (£17,000 – £26,000) does not result in any serious symptoms and has little effect on day to day life. Breathing difficulties (£26,000 -£45,000) will make the use of an inhaler necessary and make smoky environments intolerable, which may have an impact on work and social life for some people. Diseases (£45,000 – £58,000) for example emphysema, has a substantial effect on lung function and breathing which may lead to a number of on-going symptoms such as frequent coughing, problems sleeping, being unable to participate in or restrict exercise and employment. Lung cancer (£58,000 – £81,000)  is a condition which steadily gets worse over time, greatly affecting a persons quality life and usually causes death. Symptoms can include, wheezing, severe pain of the chest, a hoarse voice, loss of appetite, persistent breathlessness, coughing and a lack of energy. For those with a serious disability (£80,000 – £113,000), particularly in the young, lung disease could cause a worsening of their condition or to premature death.


Mild Asthma, bronchitis, colds and chest infections (£4,000) are usually brought on by poor housing conditions, and can be treated by a GP with a full recovery expected within a few months. Mild asthma symptoms (£8,000 – £16,000) are often caused by exposure to dangerous gases. Bronchitis and wheezing (£16,000 – £22,000) can affect a persons work and personal life, however a considerable recovery is expected within a few years of exposure to the cause. Chronic asthma (£22,000 – £35,000) can cause difficulties breathing, making the use of an inhaler necessary. This can also negatively impact a persons work life.  Severe and disabling asthma (£36,000 – £55,000) is permanent and greatly affects the sufferers personal life by affecting sleep, causing regular coughing, reducing physical exercise and restricting employment prospects.

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