Sometimes, chemicals are introduced in workplaces even though employers should put effective safety measures in place to limit their employees’ exposure to these potentially harmful substances. As a result, numerous people develop serious health conditions each year. One of these conditions is asthma, also referred to as occupational asthma. If you wish to make a work related asthma claim we will be happy to instigate legal proceedings against the people who have a duty of care to you.
How long do you have to make the claim?
You have three years from the date of the onset of your condition to start the claims procedure for developing occupational asthma. The three-year period commences on the date when you are medically diagnosed with the condition or from the date you start to develop symptoms.
If you decide to take legal action against your employer, you should approach one of the experienced team of professionals at Accident Advice Helpline. Having a personal injury solicitor on your side can make all the difference in obtaining an adequate level of compensation.
How long does it usually take until your work related asthma claim is resolved?
Depending on whether or not your employer admits liability, the compensation claim for occupational asthma can take a considerable period of time. Obviously, we cannot guarantee that your case will be resolved by a specific date. However, more and more cases are settled relatively quickly, allowing you to get the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible after making your compensation claim. To ensure that your compensation claim will be addressed and resolved in a reasonably short time frame you must provide strong evidence that confirms you have developed occupational asthma due to exposure to respiratory irritants in the workplace. If your employer accepts liability, an appropriate settlement figure may be set within several weeks.
The very first step in making an occupational asthma compensation claim is to send a claim letter to your employer, who has 21 days to acknowledge the receipt of this document and 90 days to either accept or reject liability. Sometimes, employers accept liability, trying to negotiate a settlement with the victim through their insurance companies. Although this is the quickest method to get compensated for your suffering, we recommend you to take your case to the court if you want to receive reasonable compensation.
Speeding up the process
We are aware of the fact that you need money right away to pay for medical treatment. To help you, we will issue the claim letter and contact your employer’s insurance company as soon as we establish that you have the right to seek compensation for work-related asthma. Although insurers are under no obligation to settle claims as soon as they receive them, they are aware that it is in their best interest to do so. For this reason, most of the work related asthma claims we handle are resolved within a short time frame. If you would like to learn more about how to go about making a claim, feel free to contact our helpful staff on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown