You wouldn’t expect to become ill as a result of the job you do, would you? Fortunately few people do, but this does not mean there are situations where no one is in danger of experiencing an illness as a direct consequence of the work they do.
Illnesses such as asthma, mesothelioma and other assorted afflictions can easily occur in the wrong circumstances. While health and safety laws are now very strict, this was not always the case in the past. There have been occasions when people have worked in conditions that would not be allowed today. In the case of mesothelioma, a form of cancer that is incurable and caused by exposure to asbestos, the exposure could have occurred several decades ago. It may only be now that the illness itself becomes apparent.
How can you find out whether you are entitled to workplace illness compensation?
The sooner you can find out whether compensation could be payable in your case, the better. This means you can fight for any workplace illness compensation that could be paid out in your situation. The amount you may get would depend on the illness you have, the severity of it and whether or not it is terminal.
Negligence must also be proven to have occurred, and it must be this that led to your illness becoming apparent. For example a case of asthma could have possibly been prevented if you were given breathing equipment to use to prevent you inhaling potentially-dangerous fumes or fibres. If you did not receive this equipment this could lead to a compensation claim being made.
Finding out more information when you need it most
Obviously you would seek medical advice to get a proper diagnosis for any workplace illness you contracted. It would make sense then to make sure you could get no-obligation legal advice as well. If you can do this, courtesy of a company like Accident Advice Helpline, you would not have to go it alone to try and get the advice you need.
AAH is here right now to provide the service you are looking for. If you pick up the phone and call 0800 689 0500, you can use our advice service when you need it most. Could we help you win compensation for an illness you contracted while at work? Call today to find out the answers.