Illness strikes us all from time to time. Sometimes, we can pick up bugs or colds, or even flu from people we know. But there are other illnesses too – illnesses that could stem from the conditions you work in, and those that could be made worse by working there. You may even have required time off work for illness.
You may not have thought too much about work making people ill before. That said, you may now be only too aware of how this can happen. Perhaps you have contracted an illness derived directly from your working environment. Conversely, you may have a condition that has been aggravated by your working environment.
Work-related illnesses and examples
Work-related illnesses can include those that stem from work you did many years ago. Anyone who was exposed to asbestos in the workplace may develop asbestos-related conditions many years after they were exposed to the substance. Asbestos-related conditions cannot be cured, either, and often lead to a reduced life expectancy for those who are diagnosed with them.
Working in dusty, damp conditions, or working near gases or other potentially harmful substances, all without having the correct personal protective equipment to protect you, could also potentially lead to illness. If your employer is proven to have been negligent, and they allowed the circumstances to be created whereby you had a chance to fall ill, there would be reasonable grounds to consider making a compensation claim for your illness.
Could you make a claim for time off work for illness?
If you needed some time off work for illness, you may have been affected financially as well as physically. Perhaps you were only paid statutory sick pay, and yet you are sure your working conditions were the cause of your illness to begin with. You can learn more.
Finding out the facts of your situation is vital if you stand a chance of claiming something in compensation. If it can be proven that your illness was directly caused by your working environment, or a pre-existing condition was made worse, you could have grounds for making a claim. To find out, simply call 0800 689 0500 free now to reach our team at Accident Advice Helpline. You can also reach us on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Getting some answers could be a whole lot easier than you thought.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen