Industrial Disease Claims
If your health has been affected by your work then you may be entitled to pursue an industrial disease claim. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees which means an employer is normally liable to pay compensation where an employee is injured or suffers ill health as a consequence of their work.
The term industrial disease is fairly misleading because it is used to describe any work-related injury or illness that was not caused by an accident and includes; respiratory, breathing and skin problems caused by exposure to chemicals, asbestos and any other pollutant; hearing loss caused by exposure to loud or constant noise; injuries caused by using vibrating tools, or by repetitive movements.
With over 20 years experience representing injured workers in industrial disease claims, TRUE Solicitors LLP have the knowledge and expertise to deal with every type of work related injury claim.
We offer a ‘No win, No Fee’ service means we only get paid if you win, so there is no financial risk to you.
For professional, friendly and confidential advice on industrial disease claims, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an enquiry via the form on our website, and we will contact you without delay to discuss your case.
Hearing Loss & Tinnitus
Any damage to your hearing caused by your work is commonly referred to as Industrial Deafness or Noise Inducted Hearing Loss.
The most frequent cause of work-related hearing loss is prolonged exposure to loud noise, usually as a result of working in a noisy working environment, and is common in the following types of employment:
- Factory work
- Road maintenance
- Armed Forces
- Music Industry
Some industries are obvious such as coal mining or factory working but some other industries are not so obvious. Call centre workers with constant noise in their ear for long shifts can also be affected.
There are three different types of industrial deafness claims – partial or complete hearing loss, tinnitus and acoustic trauma. The conditions are acquired through exposure to excessive noise levels which damages the inner ear and leads to a muffling, buzzing, whistling or ringing sensation in the ears. This can affect the sufferer’s ability to concentrate and sleep and lead to other health problems.
Symptoms of noise induced hearing loss often appear many years after the exposure and so many people do not connect their hearing loss with the period of employment that caused the damage.
Acoustic trauma is less common and is caused by sudden, unexpected loud noise. This can happen to call centre workers using a headset due to sudden feedback and can perforate an eardrum in extreme circumstances
If you are suffering with hearing problems that you think may have been caused by your work, even if you left that employment years ago, and even if that employer is no longer trading, then it is still possible to claim compensation. TRUE Solicitors LLP have recovered compensation for many clients regarding industrial disease claims who have experienced hearing loss and we can do the same for you.
If you would like our experienced team to advise you on industrial disease claims, then please contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice about your claim. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com , or submit an enquiry via the form on our website, and we will contact you without delay to discuss your case.
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Breathing in asbestos dust or fibres can damage your lungs and cause a range of associated diseases, and these include:
- Asbestos- related lung cancer
- Asbestosis – Inflammatory scarring of the lungs
- Mesothelioma – Aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen
- Pleural thickening – thickening of the lining of the lungs
- Pleural plaques
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Even though the use of most types of asbestos has been banned in the UK since 1985, the number of people suffering asbestos related conditions is increasing. There are two reasons for this; the first is that up until the 1980’s the use of asbestos was extraordinarily widespread. As a material asbestos was excellent because it was strong, resistant to heat and fire, and was also known to be good for sound insulation. These properties meant it was used as an ingredient in many construction materials such as cement, plaster and concrete, and in many different insulating materials such as boards, fabric, pipe lagging and loft insulation.
The second reason why asbestos related illnesses are increasing is because these conditions can have a long incubation period (known as the latency period), commonly in the region of 20 to 40 years.
This view is shared by the Health and Safety Executive who predict the number of deaths caused by exposure to asbestos is set to peak in 2018.
The use of asbestos was not limited to heavy industry and factories. Such was its popularity that it is still likely to be found in almost all pre-1980 buildings (including schools and hospitals), in structures such as ships and oil rigs, and even in domestic houses.
Anyone who is exposed to asbestos dust and fibres may develop an asbestos-related illness.
Asbestos-related claims are far from straightforward because there can be many different causes and you may have been exposed to asbestos by more than one employer. Furthermore, the long incubation period can make it difficult to locate previous employers particularly those who have ceased trading.
At TRUE Solicitors LLP, we have a wealth of experience pursuing asbestos-related injury compensation claims and can advise you and your family on all aspects of your claim.
For free, professional, friendly and confidential advice about asbestos-related injury compensation claims, contact us now on 0344 854 7000. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an enquiry via the form on our website, and we will contact you without delay to discuss your case.
Our ‘No Win, No Fee’ service means there is no financial risk to you
Other Respiratory Illnesses
There are many other respiratory and chest conditions caused by inhaling hazardous fumes, vapours, dust and other airborne particles, and these include:
- Occupational Asthma
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Lung Disease
According to the Labour Force Survey, there are around 14,000 new cases of “breathing and lung problems” reported each year caused or exacerbated by work, and a substantial number of these are thought to be occupational asthma.
Asthma is a condition where the airways narrow causing shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness, and is caused by the inhalation of dust particles, spores, or chemicals over a prolonged period.
Employers should protect workers against this risk by either not exposing them to these conditions, or by doing everything they can to reduce the risk of occupational asthma, e.g. proper ventilation, provision of dust masks etc. If your employer has not taken steps to reduce the risk of work-related asthma then they could face industrial disease claims for compensation.
Pneumoconiosis refers to a group of lung diseases that are caused by the prolonged inhalation of dust particles. The most common are asbestosis, coal miner’s lung and silicosis.
Asbestosis is the most common and well-known and, for that reason, has its own section on this webpage.
Miner’s lung or ‘black lung’ is a condition caused by exposure to coal dust. The risk of developing the disease is related to the period and extent of the exposure, but exposure can lead to chronic conditions such as emphysema and pulmonary disease
Silicosis is caused by the dust (silica dust) that is created when rocks, stone, bricks or masonry are cut, ground or blasted. It is a disease which is therefore most common amongst construction workers, quarrymen, miners, ceramic workers and foundry workers.
Short term or limited exposure to mineral dust may cause inflammation of the lungs but no lasting damage; however prolonged exposure causes a buildup of scar tissue which can become tough and fibrous. This later stage is called fibrosis and it interferes with lungs ability to absorb oxygen.
The most common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness, but severe pneumoconiosis can lead to bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Employers are required by law to take appropriate steps to avoid exposure to dangerous substances such as asbestos, silica and coal dust. Where exposure cannot be avoided, they must take appropriate steps to minimise the risk of injury, for example by making sure the work place is properly ventilated; by providing suitable personal protective equipment e.g. dust masks or breathing apparatus, or by providing adequate safety training.
If you have suffered ill-health because of your work and your employer has not taken all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of injury then you are entitled to compensation regarding industrial disease claims.
Even where the company responsible for your condition has ceased trading you can still claim compensation because by law employers must have Employers’ Liability insurance. This insurance covers claims made by present and former employees who have suffered a work-related illness or injury.
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How Long Will My Claim Take?
The length of industrial disease claims depend on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury or condition and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward industrial disease claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.