There are many work-related illness statistics you can find online if you know where to look. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) often publishes information relating to such statistics for the public to view.
For example, occupational lung disease accounts for around 13,000 deaths per year. This figure also includes cases of cancer that resulted from work-based settings. The page also reveals around 1.3 million people believed they had an illness that was either caused by work, or made worse by continuing to work in that setting. These figures relate to the year 2015/16.
Do work-related illness statistics reveal illness of this kind to be common?
We should point out that since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the instance of illnesses and injuries stemming from the workplace have dropped by huge numbers. However, there are still people who fall ill each year because of the work they have been doing. Thankfully, these numbers are small, and in some cases, they are getting smaller.
However, some people are still affected by illnesses they contracted while working in the workplace. Additionally, they may experience a worsening of symptoms for an illness they had previously, and which has been aggravated by the location they are working in, or the job they are doing.
How do you know if you could claim anything for your illness?
We can see from work-related illness statistics that some people are made ill by their work. Are you among them? You may be unsure whether you can prove your work led directly to your illness. Additionally, you may not be sure of whether a pre-existing condition was made worse by your work.
Hence why it is imperative that you seek out experienced legal advisors to help you work out where you stand. Finding out more doesn’t need to be difficult – not when you call us on 0800 689 0500. Our team at Accident Advice Helpline will also answer mobile callers on 0333 500 0993. Remember you may have good cause to make a no-win, no-fee* claim, and if you can do this, you will stand a chance of receiving compensation if your claim is agreed in your favour. Our solicitors will steer you through each stage of the procedure so you will always know what is happening and why. It could be far more straightforward than you think.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Industrial illness claims