Industrial Disease Claims

What is an Industrial Disease?

An industrial disease is defined as an illness or condition that has been caused by exposure over time to unsafe working practices and conditions within the workplace.

What types of medical conditions may be related to having an Industrial Disease?

Conditions that you can consider claiming compensation for under this heading can include, but is not limited to:-

-     Asbestosis 

-     Mesothelioma

-     Hearing loss / deafness

-     Dermatitis

-     Vibration White Finger

-     Silicosis

-     Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

You could have worked with asbestos in lagging pipes either as a plumber or in power stations or working on building ships at a dockyard. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are medical conditions that affect the lungs as a result of exposure to asbestos and can take many years to reveal itself; possibly as much as anything between 20 to 40 years in some cases.

You could have suffered problems with your senses such as ringing in your ears (tinnitus) or perhaps even loss of hearing due to working with or near loud machinery without having been provided with ear defenders. You could have started to suffer problems with your eyesight because you were required to sit in front of a computer screen typing in information for long periods of time without adequate rest breaks.

If you have worked with power tools or other machinery resulting in heavy vibration for long periods of time without suitable rest breaks, then you could start to suffer problems with your hands and wrists or even arm and shoulder problems. This is known as work related upper limb disorder or WRULD. This can be particularly disabling later on in life.

Working in very dusty or cold temperatures can also lead to significant health problems too.

In our experience, we have found that working in industry many years ago could have resulted in all manner of medical conditions that you suffer from today. You may not, in fact, realise that the medical problem could have been caused by what you did in your job 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Indeed, those practices may still be evidence now which is continuing to cause employees compensatable injury.

What may I be entitled to if I am suffering with an Industrial Disease?

Due to their individual nature, Industrial Diseases vary in severity. With our extensive experience in managing Industrial Disease claims, we can say that the more severe the illness or injury, the more compensation tends to be awarded, but that each case and claim is different in many ways and individual to the person bringing it.

How do I make an Industrial Diseases Compensation Claim?

Industrial Disease claims can sometimes be more complicated than other personal injury claims, mainly because of the time that has often lapsed between when you were at work and when the symptoms of your Industrial Disease became apparent. Expert advice and evidence is often needed to prove a link between your illness or sickness and your employment.

T G Baynes’ team of expert solicitors will guide you through the process of making an Industrial Diseases claim and advise what we can do on your behalf to claim the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. We listen to your needs and concerns, advising you of the most appropriate process to follow to ensure the right result for you, whilst ensuring you are given all the facts you need to make informed decisions about your claim.

T G Baynes can offer No Win No Fee Agreements (CFAs) on qualifying cases.  If you would like to speak to us about making a  Compensation Claim, please call us on 020 8301 7777 or email info@tgbaynes.com