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Suffering from Industrial Disease

Workplace safety has got immeasurably better over the last century. However, despite this, in 2014/15, approximately 1.2 million people suffered from an illness or condition caused by or made worse by work.

At Injury Layers UK, we know that for those suffering from industrial diseases, the effects can be debilitating and often last a lifetime.

If you have suffered from an industrial disease as a result of your employer not having adequate controls and processes in place, you could be eligible to make a claim.

What is Industrial Disease?

Industrial disease is the term used to describe an illness or condition which has occurred as a result of either unsafe working conditions and practices or exposure to hazardous substances.

Typically, these diseases occur due to performing normal work tasks without being provided with the right type of protection or equipment.

Examples of Industrial Disease

Some diseases such as asbestos exposure related lung cancer are well known and talked about. However, there are many conditions and illnesses that are equally as debilitating which are classified as industrial diseases. Here are a few examples:

– Deafness caused by exposure to loud noises
– Hand Arm Vibration due to usage of handheld or guided tools and machinery
– Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) caused by overuse and repetitive work
– Asthma caused by exposure to chemicals and/or dust

What is an Employers Role?

An employer’s role is to ensure that staff have a safe working environment in which they can perform their daily roles.

This includes putting controls in place to ensure that the risk of workplace related conditions and illnesses is negated or at worst significantly minimised.

It also includes providing staff with adequate safety equipment. Examples of safety equipment includes safety gloves, noise cancelling ear defenders and safety glasses. These are all simple pieces of equipment for employers to provide and are far from costly but make a huge difference to the health and safety of employees.

Where an employer hasn’t provided these and as a result an employee (either current or past) has contracted an illness or condition, they could be liable for any claims.

Next Steps

If you believe you have an illness or condition as a result of poor working conditions and/or equipment, then you may have a case for compensation.

Industrial disease cases can be trickier than most to prove, so it’s important to speak to trained, experienced professionals to get impartial guidance.

At Injury Lawyers UK, our team of trained lawyers, are experienced in handling industrial disease cases and will fight every step of the way to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Claims normally have a time limit of three years from either the first date where you suspected your illness or condition was as a result of your work or from the beginning of any symptoms. However, many cases have been successfully won years later so even if you don’t fit into the three-year bracket, it’s still worth getting in touch.

To get in touch today, call us for free professional advice on 0800 1123 156 or complete our quick and simple claim form below.

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