Industrial illnesses affect thousands of people in the UK, and if you’re one of those affected, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. Industrial illnesses can have life changing effects, and in the most extreme cases can result in incapacity to work, or even death.
Industrial illnesses come in many forms and are resultant of a wide range of working conditions. From people who are exposed to loud machinery, dangerous substances, or who are required to use vibrating tools, could be at risk of developing some form of industrial illness.
It Is Your Employer’s Duty to Protect You Against Developing Industrial Illnesses
It is your employer’s duty to provide adequate protection against industrial illnesses – a fact that has long been the case. However, it is also true that many employers simply don’t provide the relevant safety, meaning that industrial illnesses are still rife amongst the UK population today.
We meet people every day who have had to suffer a disease related to their working environment; these are people from all walks of life and have all sorts of stories to tell, but we ensure that we claim the maximum amount of compensation available for every one of our clients.
What Counts As an Industrial Disease?
We have helped people to receive compensation for all sorts of industry-related illnesses, but what is classed as an industrial illness? The definition is perhaps a little simpler than you might think – an illness or disease that is caused by your work. Some examples that we’ve encountered in the past include:
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (commonly known as HAVS) is caused by using vibrating machinery for extensive periods of time. The condition can be debilitating and extremely uncomfortable.
We deal with compensation claims for illnesses that are resultant of exposure to asbestos, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. There are thousands of people in the UK that have been exposed to asbestos, which has had disastrous consequences.
Asthma affects millions of people in the UK and the reasons for people developing the condition are countless. However, through our experience, we know that many of the reasons behind asthma are work-related. As such, a compensation claim could be available.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Many working environments pose the risk of carbon monoxide exposure to its employers. Carbon monoxide poisoning can have long-term effects on health and can even be lethal, in the most extreme cases.
Many workers in the UK develop skin conditions as a result of their working environment, with dermatitis being one of the most common conditions. Exposure to allergens for exposed periods of time often cause these skin conditions, and if your employer is found to have failed to provide the necessary protection, you could be eligible to make a claim.
Exposure to chemicals that are often used in the production of rubber, petroleum and certain dyes can have serious effects on health, including bladder cancer. If you develop a disease as a result of exposure to these potentially harmful chemicals, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.
How to Make Your Industrial Illness Claim
If you believe you have grounds to make a claim for your industrial illness, or even if you’re unsure, you should contact Workplace Claim today and our team of experts will help you proceed with your claim. We’ll talk you through the process and make sure that you can claim the maximum amount possible.
To find out more, simply leave your details on our contact form, and our team of experts will call you back as soon as possible.
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