Industrial Disease Claims
Despite the UK industrial landscape historically undergoing change over the years former and even present employees continue to suffer illness as a result of direct, or even indirect, exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.
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, and should take the appropriate measures to reduce health risks at work.
Our industrial disease solicitors have over 20 years’ experience representing injured workers.
We operate on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there are no upfront costs to you. We offer a free initial, no obligation assessment of your case.
Call us on 0344 854 7000 to discuss your claim, or submit your details below and we’ll call you back at a time convenient for you.
What is an industrial disease?
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. It can include:
Asbestos-related illness: This includes lung and respiratory conditions caused by the exposure to asbestos fibres, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and pleural thickening.
Skin conditions/occupational dermatitis: Working with harsh chemicals can cause conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. Jobs that involve working outside in the sun for long periods of time can increase the likelihood of skin cancer.
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS): This includes issues to the hands, arms, wrists and fingers commonly caused by using vibrating hand tools. Conditions include Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI): This term encompasses a number of different conditions caused by completing tasks with continuous repetitive movements. It causes pain in the muscles, nerves and tendons and includes problems such as Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tenosynovitis.
What can I claim compensation for?
The compensation obtained for the industrial disease that you have contracted can be used to cover the costs such as:
• Loss of earnings
• Pain and suffering.
• Medical expenses such as, prescription charges, painkillers and rehabilitation.
• Compensation for the care and support provided by family or friends.
• Reduced life expectancy.
• Ongoing illness.
• Recovery time.
• Expected lifestyle changes
How much will my industrial disease claim be worth?
The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:
• The severity of your further health complications.
• How your life has been affected by your illness.
• Your future care and support needs.
• Financial losses, including how much money you have lost or will lose as a result of the industrial disease (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
Calculate the amount of compensation that you may receive for your physical injuries below:
Is there a time limit for making an industrial disease claim?
You have up to three years from the date in which the incident caused your illness or injury to make a claim. It is also possible to make a claim if the exposure that caused the industrial disease occurred longer than three years ago, as long as you became aware of this or were diagnosed within the last three years.
All of our industrial disease claims are dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we offer a free, initial, no obligation assessment of your case.
True Client Stories
“We obtained over £180,000 for a client making a claim on behalf of a deceased relative who contracted Mesothelioma, due to prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and fibres, whilst working in the shipyards for many years.”
“We obtained over £16,000 for a client who developed Occupational Asthma, after being exposed to significant quantities of plastic dust and fibres, whilst working as a Grinding Machine Operative.”
Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
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 six to twelve months, whereas complex cases will usually take longer, perhaps a number of years.