WHY SHOULD I CLAIM?
NOx is a pollutant which has been linked to diseases including childhood asthma. Recent reports have also indicated a link between those living in areas with poor air quality and people suffering the most severe Covid-19 symptoms.
Asthma: Long term NOx exposure has health implications for adults and children contributing to the development asthma. A recent ruling has found, for the first time, that the death of a young asthmatic girl was partly attributable to air pollution.
Cancer: Long term NOx exposure has health implications for adults contributing to the development cancer. In 2013 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirmed that outdoor air pollution is a cause of cancer.
Foetal development: Studies have shown a correlation between NOx and inhibited foetal development which can have a permeant influence on growth and health throughout life, including possible impacts on intelligence and neurological development.
Depression: Some studies indicate that there may be a causal link between exposure to air pollution and depression.
NOx emissions from vehicles contribute to harmful environmental issues like acid rain and smog. They also contribute to global warming resulting in climate change.
Acid rain: Dissolves nutrients in the soil which trees and vegetation need to grow. It is also harmful to aquatic life in rivers and oceans.
Smog: Reduces the ability of plants to grow by reducing photosynthesis and adversely effects human respiratory systems.
Climate Change: NOx reacts with other chemicals in the air to form particulate matter, it can also form ground level Ozone (O3). This has a significant radiative effect, second only to carbon dioxide and methane, and contributes to global warming. Acid rain, smog and O3 also significantly damage biodiversity.
Agriculture: NOx when it reacts to form O3 can reduce the nutritional quality of crops including wheat, rice and soya bean.
Manufacturers appear to have chosen the cheaper route to emissions compliance: they could have engineered their way to solutions, and provided vehicles which were suitable for use in our towns and cities, but instead they appear to have chosen to cheat regulations and compromise the environment and our health for profit.
How much compensation will I get?
The claims are at a very early stage, and it is difficult to say with any certainty at this point, however we estimate that each claimant should be entitled to somewhere in the region of £5,000 – £10,000 per affected vehicle.
This will depend on your circumstances: you may be entitled to more or less.