Tyne and Wear has strong industrial ties; historically the site of many of the country’s coal mines and now the home of many manufacturing companies and car plants. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that the most common types of personal injury claims made in this area of the country are related to industrial accidents and injuries. If you have experienced such an accident or illness then you could make a claim using the services of Accident Advice Helpline in Tyne and Wear.
Making a claim for an industrial accident or injury
The following scenarios relate to the most frequent industrial accident and injury claims we see here at Accident Advice Helpline in Tyne and Wear.
- Slipped discs caused by using the wrong techniques to lift heavy items
- Vibration white finger due to the constant use of vibrating machinery
- Tinnitus or industrial deafness caused by loud working environments
- Dermatitis and other skin irritations as a result of using harmful chemicals without the proper protective equipment
- Repetitive strain injuries from working on assembly lines
- Asbestosis when exposed to working conditions where this lethal substance is present
Obviously the seriousness of each of the injuries and illnesses mentioned above vary but they are have the potential to cause significant pain and suffering to their victims and as such should be claimed for.
Criteria for claiming and establishing responsibility
Claims criteria for an industrial accident or injury involves the usual three conditions:
- The accident must have taken place in the past three years. Although with certain conditions such as asbestosis it can be difficult to trace the exact time of contraction so the usual time period can be extended. This is a rather complicated point and obviously important to your ability to claim so be sure to seek clarification from a legal expert on this.
- The accident or illness must have caused you to seek medical treatment or consultation and this must be documented.
- Lastly the incident which led to you being injured or ill must have been caused by the actions or negligence of another person, company or other organisation.
This last point leads to another contentious issue related to industrial claims; pinpointing the responsible party. It is essential that in order to claim an individual must not be seen to have caused the accident, injury or illness.
Responsibility depends on the exact circumstances surrounding your accident but usually it lies with one of the following parties:
- The victim – If they ignored training protocols, took unnecessary risks or acted carelessly.
- Work colleagues – Again this would involve an employee ignoring protocols, taking risks or acting in a careless manner.
- The employer – Responsibility lies with the employer when sufficient training isn’t provided, if health and safety protocols and procedures are not taught or upheld or if appropriate work equipment, and if applicable clothing, is not provided to protect employees.
Industrial injuries are one of the most complex claim types so we stress the importance of seeking professional legal advice, whether from Accident Advice Helpline in Tyne and Wear or another provider, to help you navigate this tricky area of law so you can make the strongest claim possible.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline in Tyne and Wear about an industrial accident
Call us on 0800 689 0500 which is free from landline; or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone (mobile calls may be charged).
Date Published: 13th July 2013
Author: David Brown