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Karen Hindmarch

Personal Injury Solicitor (Road Traffic Accidents and Industrial Diseases)

Newcastle Upon Tyne


Occupational Disease Claims

Suffering from an occupational disease can be serious and life changing. An occupational illness or disease is that which effects those who have been exposed to workplace hazards for prolonged periods of time. You may be able to submit an occupational disease claim if you have suffered from an asbestos-related lung condition, Vibration White Finger, Repetitive Strain Injury or Industrial Dermatitis.

What are the different types of occupational diseases?

Occupational diseases can happen through either long term or short term exposure to harmful substances, extreme noise levels or repetitive manual work in the workplace. Examples of common occupational diseases include:

Can I make a claim for asbestos related illness?

Asbestos related lung conditions- TRUE Solicitors LLP act for many clients suffering from asbestos-related lung conditions such as Mesothelioma or Asbestosis.

Asbestosis can take 20-30 years to develop, after the initial date in which you have been exposed to breathing in large amounts of asbestos dust in your work environment. When you breathe in in asbestos fibres, they can become lodged in your lungs and lead to scarring. In turn this leads to your lungs shrinking and hardening. Which results in shortness of breath as your lungs are unable to hold as much air as you once could.

If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos in your day to day job and are experiencing the following symptoms, to may be eligible to submit a claim for compensation:
– Wheezing
– Persistent coughing
– Pains in your chest or shoulders
– Extreme fatigue
– Swollen (clubbed) fingertips

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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops within the pleural membrane of the lungs. It is caused as a direct effect of breathing in asbestos dust. It usually affects only one side of your chest and leads to the development of tumours, which cause the pleural membrane to thicken. Much like asbestosis, mesothelioma can take 30-40 years after the date of initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms include:

– Coughing
– Chest pains
– Shortness of breath

You have a higher likelihood of developing an asbestos related lung condition if you have worked in the following industries:

– Construction
– Shipbuilding
– Pipe fitting
– Sheet metal work
– Painting and decorating
– Vehicle bodybuilders
– Plumbing and heating engineering
– Electricians or electrical fitters

Can I make a claim for Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger is a type of repetitive strain injury which effects those who work with vibrating tools, such as pneumatic drills, for extended periods of time. Vibration White Finger, otherwise known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HVAS), affects the joints, blood vessels and nerves of your wrists and hands. Symptoms include:

– Whitening of the tips of your fingers, which can reach towards the palms of your hands.
– A numb or tingling sensation in your fingers.
– Loss of dexterity in fingers and hands, affecting your ability to grip.
– Intense redness of fingers

If you’re suffering from VWF as a result of your work related equipment you may be able to submit a claim for compensation. TRUE Solicitors are experienced in dealing with occupational disease claims and operate on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. Get in touch today for a free, no obligation assessment.

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Can I make a claim for Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive Strain Injury is musculoskeletal disorder, which causes cramp, pain and numbness in the muscles and tendons in your upper body. It typically affects those whose job involves repetitive movements for continuous periods of time, such as office workers, gardeners or supermarket checkout staff.

In order to avoid safeguard employees from RSI, employers are legally obliged to ensure that the workplace meets health and safety standards, such as:

• Providing staff with appropriate training on safe working practices.
• Ensuring that desks, keyboards, monitors and chairs are altered to the correct height for staff. To avoid unnecessary strain being put on the body.
• Conducting risk assessments of workstations to ensure they pose as a minimal risk of causing RSI.

If your employer has failed to adhere to health and safety standards, which led you to develop a Repetitive Strain Injury, you may be entitled to make a claim against them.

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Can I make a claim for industrial dermatitis?

Skin conditions like industrial dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema, can occur in many different workplaces. Hair salons, hospitals, cleaning companies and lots of other industries expose their employees to chemicals which may cause problems with their skin. Without proper protection or a change in the products they use, the resulting skin condition can cause real problems.

Industrial dermatitis is caused by exposure to substances and allergens in the workplace, which causes irritation and inflammation of the skin.

You may be entitled to make a claim against your employer, or former employer, if you have been diagnosed with a skin disease, within three years of being told that this may have been caused due to your working conditions.

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Why choose TRUE Solicitors to handle my occupational disease claim?

  • Provide you with jargon-free advice on whether you have a valid occupational disease claim.
  • Agree to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis which means you pay nothing if you lose.
  • Obtain a medical report to assess the extent of your injury.
  • Recover any out of pocket expenses e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses, medical expenses.
  • Make sure you receive your maximum entitlement to compensation. We won’t settle for less.

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So if you have suffered an occupational disease or illness, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice about claiming compensation. Alternatively you can submit a free, no obligation enquiry via the form on our website or you can email us at info@true.co.uk. We will contact you without delay to discuss your claim.

Our ‘No Win, No Fee’ service means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Process


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?

Occupational disease claims can be settled fairly quickly if liability is accepted and the medical prognosis is certain. Where the claim is contested or the evidence is complicated, then the claim may take longer than a year to settle.

Karen Hindmarch

Personal Injury Solicitor (Road Traffic Accidents and Industrial Diseases)

Newcastle Upon Tyne


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