Do you need an accident solicitor in Cranbrook?
The small town of Cranbrook in Kent has been a market town since 1290, but it was mainly due to the medieval textile industry that this South East England town came to flourish.
Located on the Maidstone to Hastings road, Cranbrook belonged once to the Wealden cloth industry. The River Beult and its tributaries fed no fewer than 17 watermills in the area, once used to weave cloth.
Over the centuries Cranbrook’s importance and temporary riches led to the construction of 4 windmills, providing flour for a growing population that could afford to buy bread rather than live on just gruel, cheese and a handful of onions a day, a staple diet in the middle ages. One of the windmills survives and is a popular destination for visitors to the area.
Cloth weaving was a dangerous business and during the industrial revolution weavers suffered from a range of injuries and industrial illnesses. Breathing in fine wool dust, day-in day-out meant suffering from respiratory problems from an early age, since work life began when people where still children. Getting their hands or arms caught in engine-driven looms meant workers could face amputation of a limb to save their life – a life that was worth little, when you could no longer work in the weaving industry.
Although today’s workers are protected by stringent laws, accidents still happen. Machinery can malfunction and injure someone or the correct safety equipment might not be given out. While such an accident would most likely be just that – an event nobody could have foreseen, industrial disease is an accident waiting to happen. Repetitive work practices or incorrect storage of hazardous substances can lead to serious illness that will blight the life of workers for ever.
Industrial disease claims are among the most complex cases an accident solicitor Cranbrook can deal with. They are among the few exceptions to the 3-year-rule, which stipulates that a non-fault accident victim must have been injured within the last 3 years to qualify for a personal injury claim.
Since industrial disease develops typically over a long period of time – for example cancer in people who worked with asbestos in the building and construction industry before the harmful substance was identified as such – victims with industrial illness claims can usually claim long after the 3 years have elapsed.
Will an accident solicitor in Cranbrook take your case?
If you can’t find an accident solicitor in Cranbrook willing to handle your industrial illness claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993. Discuss your claim with a friendly advisor and if you wish to go ahead, they can assign an accident solicitor to your case. The advisor will tell you how much your claim will be worth in terms of compensation and tell you what medical evidence you need to provide.
You can also visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and find out if you qualify for an industrial disease claim. Just complete their 30-second test and the compensation calculator will give you an estimate of how compensation you can expect.
Date Published: 17th July 2013
Author: David Brown