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Industrial Disease Compensation

Understanding Your Rights

Industrial diseases vary widely in terms of cause, severity and type, but have one thing in common – the devastating impact they have on an individual’s life. This is why it’s so important to realise that if your industrial illness arose through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

All employers have a legal duty of care to ensure you are kept safe in your work environment and away from harmful substances and situations, and if you’ve been let down due to negligence or lack of protection, our specialist personal injury solicitors are here to support you during the process of making a claim.

Types Of Industrial Illness Claims

Industrial diseases range from respiratory illnesses through to work-related stress, depending on the nature of industry you work or worked within and your job role. If your health has suffered as a result of your current work or previous job then making an industrial disease case for compensation should be possible.

There are numerous industrial illnesses as well as causes and symptoms, including:

  • Asbestosis and asbestos related diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Vibration White Finger
  • Industrial deafness
  • Occupational asthma
  • Tinnitus
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

How To Claim For Industrial Disease Compensation

Making a personal injury claim for an industrial disease is not easy as you need to provide evidence that the cause of your illness was your current or previous employer’s negligence.

A claim for industrial disease compensation usually has to be made within three years, from the date you first realise your condition was caused by work or from the first time you experience any symptoms. However, symptoms for many industrial diseases often don’t appear for months or years after the original exposure to hazardous materials or working conditions – and in situations like these, proving a link can be difficult.

Since the removal of the No Win No Fee system on 1 April 2013 there is a bigger financial risk involved in making a compensation claim, which is why it’s important you use a personal injury solicitor you can trust. Our specialist team has extensive experience and is adept at getting to the source of the matter – your assigned solicitor will work quickly to establish a link between your industrial illness and working environment, providing evidence that your employer or ex-employer did not sufficiently protect you and securing the best possible outcome for your case.

If you think your health has been affected by work, contact Bartletts Solicitors today on Freefone 0800 988 3674 and one of our specialist industrial disease solicitors will advise you on whether you have a case for compensation and how best to proceed.