Industrial Disease

Industrial Disease Claims 

If you have been made ill as a result of your job or work environment, we can help. 

Our solicitors specialise in industrial disease claims and have been helping people secure the compensation they deserve for 17 years. 

We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and provide all the information you need, allowing you to make a decision on moving forward with complete confidence. Call us today on 0161 979 0797 to arrange your free, no-obligation discussion. 

What are industrial diseases? 

Industrial diseases are illnesses or other medical conditions resulting from exposure to industrial hazards over a period of time. 

Many jobs carry with them an element of risk. Although these risks cannot be avoided, your employer has a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act to protect you. This ranges from providing comprehensive training on the risks involved and how to mitigate them to ensuring you have regular breaks and providing personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Should your employer fail to provide you with adequate protection, and this results in you becoming ill, your employer will be in breach of Health and Safety at Work regulations and you may be eligible to make an industrial disease compensation claim. 

Common industrial diseases 

There are a wide range of illnesses caused by unsafe working conditions, our team of industrial disease solicitors have helped people make claims for: 

  • Asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer caused by inhalation of asbestos dust 
  • Hand-arm vibration syndromeincluding carpal tunnel and vibration white finger caused by prolonged exposure to handheld vibrating tools  
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI) as a result of repetitive working practices 
  • Hearing loss and industrial deafness including conditions such as tinnitus caused by exposure to loud noises without adequate hearing protection 
  • Occupational dermatitis and other skin conditions caused by regular exposure to chemicals and known skin irritants 
  • Asthma and other respiratory conditions developed as a result of working with chemicals, dust and known respiratory sensitisers 
  • Occupational cancers, commonly lung cancer, nasal cancer, skin cancer and bladder cancer caused by exposure to dangerous toxins 

Making an industrial disease claim 

Industrial disease claims can be lengthy, highly-complex processes, making specialist advice vital if you are to achieve the best-possible outcome. Our industrial disease solicitors have successfully worked on many difficult cases, allowing us to take this stress from you and allow you to focus on enjoying your life. 

If you are looking to make a claim for compensation, your first step should always be to talk to a specialist industrial disease lawyer. Your solicitor should take the time to sit down with you and gather all information about your claim before discussing whether to proceed.  

Often, industrial illnesses were triggered a long time ago, making it difficult to trace the relevant companies and their insurers. We are experts at tracking down the right people to ensure you receive justice and providing us with any documentation from your time at the business will help speed that process up. 

We will do the heavy lifting in the background throughout your claim and constantly communicate with you regarding its status, ensuring you are free from worry throughout. 

As part of your claim, it is possible you will be required to submit to an independent medical examination to ascertain to severity of your illness. Should this occur, we will be by your side throughout. 

All compensation in industrial disease claims comes from insurers, rather than employers directly. In many cases, our commitment to gathering evidence and building the best-possible case results in the insurer accepting liability and offering compensation, meaning your claim runs smoothly from beginning to end.  

If this is not the case, we have the expertise to fight to get the compensation you deserve. We make every effort to avoid a prolonged case and the possibility of court, but if this does occur, we will be there to support you every step of the way. 

Industrial disease claims limitations 

In most cases, you need to make a compensation claim within three years of becoming aware your illness may be linked to your work.  

For example, if you regularly worked with asbestos, are diagnosed with lung cancer 20 years after leaving the company and discover two years later your work may have contributed, you will have three years from the date of this realisation, meaning your claim could start up to 25 years after leaving the business. 

In fatal cases, the family of the deceased also has three years from the date of death of receipt of the post-mortem results to make a claim on their behalf. 

However, this time limit may be shorter if you worked outside the UK, making contacting us as soon as possible vital. 

How much compensation will I get? 

The amount of compensation you receive in your industrial disease claim depends on several factors, including the severity of the illness and how it has impacted your life. As each case is unique, we will discuss your illness thoroughly before using our experience of similar cases to provide an estimate on the level of compensation you could expect to receive. 

Will I still get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if I make a claim? 

IIDB is not means-tested, meaning you will still be eligible for your full entitlement upon receipt of compensation. 

If you are in receipt of other means-tested benefits, however, you may be ineligible to receive those following your compensation award. We will be able to discuss this in detail with you before starting the claims process, ensuring you know exactly what to expect. 

Contact us to start your claim today 

Our team of specialist industrial disease solicitors have been helping people successfully make industrial disease compensation claims for many years, we know exactly how to ensure you receive the highest-possible amount of compensation with minimal stress. 

To discuss your claim and discover how much you could claim, contact our team today on 0161 979 0797 

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