The workplace, for most people, is a second home. People spend nearly as much, sometimes even more, time at the workplace than they do at their own homes. It should come as no surprise then that contracting illnesses and diseases at the workplace is entirely commonplace. Even so, to actually suffer from an occupational illness or disease can be completely devastating.
It is common knowledge that injury compensation claims can be filed for accidents that occur at the workplace. However, not many people are aware that they can seek compensation for illnesses and diseases contracted at the workplace as well.
There are certain types of workplaces that are considerably more hazardous to their employees’ health than others, such as power stations, foundries, construction sites, textile mills, and factories for rubber, latex, and motor vehicles etc.
The most common illnesses and diseases contracted at workplaces include mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, silicosis, industrial asthma, dermatitis, industrial deafness, vibration white finger, and other musculoskeletal and repetitive strain injuries.
Dealing with it
It is, unfortunately, rather common for people to contract illnesses and diseases at the workplace, especially if they are exposed to a hazardous substance. In a lot of cases though, such misfortune could have been prevented by exercising certain precautions and implementing safety procedures and guidelines.
At the workplace, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that their employees are provided with a safe and secure work environment, and are protected from hazardous substances and situations. Protective gear and equipment should be made available to employees as and when required, and every possible effort should be undertaken to make the work conditions safer and healthier.
These precautionary measures serve to mitigate the risks of an employee contracting an illness or a disease at the workplace. However, if despite being as cautious as you could be, you have begun to suffer from an occupational disease, you may be eligible to file a personal injury compensation claim.
If you feel that you have a legitimate claim for compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and get in touch with a professional and experienced solicitor. A personal injury claims expert can help you determine the validity of your compensation claim and offer you any further information you require about moving forward with the claim.
The solicitor would need evidence to evaluate though, so you should document your working conditions, the gear and equipment available, your employer’s attitude towards the health and safety of employees, and all medical bills and expenses towards the treatment for the illness or disease you have contracted at your workplace.
If you have contracted an illness or a disease at your workplace through wrongful exposure to hazardous substances, lack of proper protective gear and equipment, or because of poor working conditions, a solicitor can assist you with your personal injury claim and help you win fair and adequate compensation for your suffering.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown