Compensation Claims Specialists
Our Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors have significant experience helping those who have suffered an Industrial Disease or experienced work related or Industrial Illness.
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What Is An Industrial or Workplace Disease?
A workplace disease (also known as an occupational or an industrial disease) is an illness or health problem brought on by the conditions at work. This covers a wide variety of different conditions, many of which can entitle you to make a successful work accident compensation claim.
Some of the most common types of occupational disease include:-
· Occupational stress.
· Vibration white finger
· Respiratory diseases, including occupational asthma
· Asbestos related injuries (such as mesothelioma or asbestosis)
· Deafness caused by exposure to excessive noise (click here to find out more about Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims)
· Repetitive strain syndrome
Common Causes of Industrial Disease
You may have:
- Been exposed to asbestos leading to mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural thickening.
- Been exposed to dangerous chemicals in breach of the COSH regulations.
- Needed to work with tools or machinery, or do repetitive work nature causing a Work-Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD) – including vibration white finger, hand-arm vibration syndrome, tenosynovitis, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, stenosing tenosynovitis (trigger finger/thumb), carpal tunnel syndrome or epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow).
- Been required to adopt unsafe working practices like working without adequate risk assessments, training, protective clothing or working with faulty equipment.
Our team of specialist Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors can advise about employers acting negligently or in breach of health and safety regulations – exposing employees to harm. Our Solicitors understand that some conditions take years to develop.
Workplace Disease: A Breach of Duty
Many hundreds of people are affected from a workplace disease every year – regardless of the fact that employers have a legal obligation to look after the health and safety of their workforce. This is often referred to as a “duty of care”, and requires an employer to:-
· Incorporate the appropriate equipment, which is required to keep to safety standards
· Incorporate sufficient training and supervision
· Apply a safe working procedure
· Keep a safe working environment
Employers, for these reasons, have a clear responsibility to protect their staff from danger. As such, workers should never experience unsafe surroundings to the extent that their health is jeopardised as a consequence. Therefore, should an employer not stick to health and safety legislation, and an employee contracts a disease as a direct result, there has been a breach of duty.
In this kind of situation, it may well be possible for an employee to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
The effects of industrial disease
A workplace disease also known as an occupational or an industrial disease, can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s life, frequently contributing to prolonged health complications.
This can be severely distressing, not only physically but economically and psychologically. That is why if you have suffered, or continue to suffer from a workplace illness, you need to know whether you are likely to be entitled to industrial disease compensation.
Putting up with the symptoms of a workplace disease can have a very negative affect on your life – not only physically but also money wise and on an emotional level. This is especially true if it turns out you will suffer from long-term symptoms.
Your health issues may stop you from working again entirely.
That’s why you could be entitled to compensation, not only for the pain you have experienced so far, but the damage to your financial position.
If you have sustained a workplace disease, on of our specialist industrial disease solicitors could help you win your compensation claim.
Work-Related Cancer Compensation Claims
One of the most notorious causes for some kinds of cancers, such as cancers of the lungs, skin, bladder and nasal passages, is the exposure to carcinogenic chemicals at work. Here are the most common types of work related cancer
- Bladder cancer
It can take 25 years from exposure to chemicals for bladder cancer to develop, and can be linked to working with chemicals, such as those employed in dye factories, rubber, gas works, plastics and other chemical industries.
- Lung cancer
Lung cancers, although primarily linked with smoking or asbestos exposure, can also be associated to exposure to particular carcinogenic chemicals, dust or radiation suffered at work.
- Nasal cancer
Regular exposure to wood dust (particularly hardwood dust), glues, formaldehyde, solvents used in furniture and shoe production, nickel and chromium dust have all been recognised as causes of certain cases of nasal cancer. Additionally, there are some indications that there is a connection between exposure to cloth fibres (fabrics) in the workplace and nasal cancer in women.
- Skin cancer
Ionising and non-ionising radiation, and particular chemicals in the workplace, are thought to be triggers for skin cancers.
If you believe that the cancer you are suffering from might have been attributed to exposure to hazardous environments or chemicals throughout your working career, please get in touch with us to see if we could help you attain the compensation you are entitled to.
Industrial Disease Claim funding
Our solicitors have various funding schemes for Industrial Disease Compensation Claims.
- We are approved by most legal expenses insurers who will pay your legal bill
- We offer no win no fee arrangements
- You keep your all of your compensation – our fees are paid by the defendants when you win your claim
- We offer FREE first interviews to discover if you have an industrial disease claim, and if so what is the likely level of any compensation – without having to pay a solicitor.
Click here to read more about no win no fee agreements and how they can help you claim compensation.
My Industrial Disease – How Much Compensation Could I Win?
If you make a successful claim for compensation, the amount of compensation will depend on your personal circumstances – including the seriousness of your illness and any pain you have suffered
You could also be eligible for compensation for the following;
- loss of income
- future loss of income
- loss of pension entitlement
- costs caused by your illness, for example, medical costs or travel costs.
Don’t Delay – Get Medical Treatment and Specialist Legal Advice as soon as possible
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a workplace disease, it is really important to seek out medical advice as soon as possible. Rapid early treatment is often a really important factor in managing these kind of conditions.
It’s also important to take expert legal advice ASAP after your accident or as soon as you become aware of your Industrial Disease– limitation periods apply and investigating your Industrial Disease Claim is easier with prompt legal advice.
At your initial FREE interview with us, our accident claim lawyers can tell you whether your compensation claim is worth pursuing. Our solicitors strongly recommend you keep notes about the circumstances of your illness or disease and maintain a diary of events.
Click here to read more about making a Personal Injury Claim
Contact our Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors as soon as possible
Home/Hospital visits are available for clients with serious injuries. Our Industrial Disease Solicitors can see you in our Salisbury, Andover, Fordingbridge or Amesbury offices and we have interviewing facilities in West Dorset. Our specialist industrial disease solicitors also regularly represent clients locally in Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, the Isle of Wight and Berkshire and throughout England and Wales.
For legal advice from expert UK Industrial Disease Claim Solicitors, contact our team today.