Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with illnesses caused by their working environment. Exposure to noise, dust, fumes and vibration in the workplace can all cause serious long-term health problems, including:
- Asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma
- Asbestosis and pleural thickening
- Allergies, such as allergic rhinitis
- Occupational asthma
- Cancers of the lungs, bladder, skin and nasal passages
- Occupational dermatitis
- Industrial deafness and tinnitus
- Vibration white finger
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
Your employer is under a duty to protect you from illnesses while you are at work, and if a health care professional has informed you that you are suffering from an illness that has been caused by the environment in which you work, you may be able to claim Blackwood accident at work compensation through your employer’s insurance company.
Claiming against a company you no longer work for
The symptoms of many occupational illnesses can take decades to manifest, but the important thing to remember is that you may still be able to receive compensation for your illness, even if your employer is no longer trading. If it is possible for us to trace your ex-employer´s insurance company, you should be able to file a Blackwood accident at work claim.
Proving your right to receive compensation
To make a successful claim, you will need to work with us to prove that your current or previous employer failed in their duty to protect you and, as a direct result, you developed an occupational illness. If you are unable to provide solid evidence to prove your allegations, you will not be eligible to receive compensation.
Making a Blackwood accident at work claim
A strict time limit of three years applies to all Blackwood accident at work claims. This means that you must start your claim within three years of either:
- The date on which you developed your occupational illness; or
- The date on which you realised your illness was caused by your occupation.
If you wish to make a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ Blackwood accident at work claim through the solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline, you should therefore call our Freephone helpline or use our 30-second test at the earliest opportunity. We will take down the details of your claim, assess your eligibility to compensation and provide you with advice relevant to your personal circumstances.
Date Published: 16th September 2014
Author: Jan Newell