There are many circumstances that can give rise to work-related illness in Coventry and other parts of the West Midlands. Common amongst these are strains affecting manual workers. For instance, anyone involved in lifting heavy objects, or operating machinery, can be subject to back pain or musculoskeletal disorders.
Where any particular workplace is noisy, there can be long-term hearing issues for workers who have not received adequate safety equipment. Where employees are staring at display screens for any length of time, there is a possibility of visual impairment.
One of the most widespread types of illness connected to work is psychological. Many factors can bring on episodes of stress or even depression. In areas where there have been staff shortages, rather than introduce new staff, management often rely on demanding that staff take on more work at no extra pay.
There will be a tendency to accept this. Even when workers are experiencing symptoms of stress, it is common to deny this rather than appear to be weak to managers at a time when people are being laid off.
What are the longer-term considerations?
Any work-related illness in Coventry will have consequences lasting far longer than the time it takes to recover from most injuries. The individual who has experienced the accident may find that they start suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress. These can manifest at any time, close to the incident, or many months afterwards.
This can lead to feelings of anxiety, often with flashbacks to the trauma of the incident. This can lead to problems with insomnia, or depression. The individual might turn to alcohol or drugs if they feel particularly anxious. Colleagues who witnessed an accident can also succumb to these issues.
All the legal advice you could wish for
Accident Advice Helpline has been providing information relating to work related illness for over 14 years. Workers should be aware of the fact that they are governed by stringent health and safety legislation, and are therefore perfectly entitled to think about redress.
What we will do is thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your particular illness, providing legal counsel about whether or not it would be appropriate to pursue a no win, no fee claim for compensation.
If you would like to be put in touch with one of our qualified claims solicitors, all you have to do is phone our free helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen