Injuries and illnesses can affect all our lives at various times. You would be lucky to go through life without suffering either of these at some points. However, when it comes to a work-related injury or illness definition, it makes sense to learn more about these definitions, so you know whether your injury or illness could have been prevented.
The first thing to remember is that an injury or illness can be acute – i.e. something that happens very quickly. You might break a finger through getting it trapped in machinery, for example. At the other end of the scale, there are chronic injuries and illnesses. These are caused over time through cumulative exposure to fumes, dust or toxins, and to certain practices that can potentially cause injuries too.
Examples of a work-related injury or illness definition
The bottom line for such a definition is that it relates to an injury or illness that was directly caused by your work. For instance, if you trap your hand in machinery and suffer injuries to that hand, this would have been caused by the machinery present at work. In contrast, you might be asked to lift things that are too heavy to be lifted by you alone. If this happens for long enough, you could end up suffering back pain and other repetitive strain injuries.
Illnesses might include asthma that is caused by continually working in dusty environments without protection. Other examples can include illnesses associated with asbestos – and these may occur many years after the initial exposure occurs.
Have you been made ill or been injured through the work you do?
Learning more about a work-related injury or illness definition only goes so far towards getting you some answers for your own illness or injury. Accident Advice Helpline can take things further, but you need to call us first on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you can make a claim for your own injury.
You also have a chance to ring on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and to take the easy test we have created on our website. This requires yes/no answers, and once you’ve completed the details we can determine if you can make a no-win, no-fee claim. Finding out more can begin today, so get in contact with someone who can help you get more information now.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead