Compensation for Industrial Diseases

The progress of safety at work

Photo Credit: Adam Foster

It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time, not all that long ago, when the workers who toiled on the factory floors, down the mines or in the warehouses were looked upon by the people running those businesses as being more or less expendable. Corners were cut and safety measures ignored in order to maximise profits and if this meant a regular stream of workers getting injured or even killed then so be it.

It’s worth remembering that this is how things used to be the next time you hear someone complaining about ‘health and safety madness’ or the ‘compensation culture’. The fact of the matter is that when you go out to work today you expect to be earning a living in an environment which is as safe as it possibly can be, and this can surely only be a good thing.

DID YOU KNOW: The Health and Safety Executive was established in 1974.

Occasionally, however, things are still going to go wrong, and when they do it’s generally because someone, somewhere has made a mistake. In other words, if you develop an illness or disease because of the job you do then your employer has perhaps been negligent, and you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation.

Examples of industrial diseases

There are injuries which come about due to an accident in the workplace, such as falling into machinery or slipping on a wet floor, and then there are illnesses and conditions which develop over a period of years being exposed to unsafe conditions. We’re used to dealing with the whole range of industrial illnesses, and amongst the industrial illnesses which we encounter most regularly are the following:

Pneumoconiosis, Mesothelioma and Asbestosis
Lung conditions which generally affect those who have been exposed to asbestos dust

Industrial Deafness
Hearing loss which arises as a result of being overly exposed to a noisy environment

Vibration White Finger
Painful condition which affects people who have worked with vibrating equipment, i.e. road drills

RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
A painful inflammation of the tendons in the arm and hand, usually caused by repeated small movements

Dermatitis
Painfully inflamed skin which has been exposed to dangerous substances

Bronchitis and Emphysema
Chronic lung diseases usually caused by breathing in dust particles such as when working in a mine.

Clearly this represents a huge range of illnesses and conditions, but what they all share is that they are painful, distressing and debilitating.

DID YOU KNOW: In 2013, 2538 people in Great Britain died as a result of mesothelioma, an increase of 226 in two years.

Starting a compensation claim for an industrial illness?

If you feel that you’ve developed any of these conditions, or any other, as a direct result of negligence on the part of your employer, then ring us on 0800 234 6438, or submit our simple online form, and we’ll take down the details of your case. Our industrial disease lawyers have years of experience in dealing with these types of cases, and will be able to provide you with the best possible advice.

Clearly, it’s a complex situation, and that’s why the best course of action is to build your claim by working with an experienced injury solicitor. They’ll know exactly what information is needed and will build a compelling case without taking any money up front. This means that your only consideration, when deciding whether to claim compensation, is whether you feel you deserve it. If you do, we’ll do our very best to make sure you get it.

Time limits to starting an industrial disease claim

In most compensation claims it’s advised that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon after the event as possible, and there generally tends to be a three year time limit after which it’s too late to start a claim. Where industrial diseases are concerned, however, this three year period can be counted from the date upon which the illness became apparent or is diagnosed, which may even be some years after you’ve left the job which caused the problem.

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