Work places can be dangerous environments depending on the substances you might be exposed to.
If you have suffered an industrial disease then you might be able to make a compensation claim in West Norwood.
Acute silicosis is one example of a work place or industrial disease that you might be able to make a compensation claim West Norwood for.
Silica is a natural mineral found in rock. When the silica dust is inhaled over a prolonged period of time the tiny particles can cause damage to the lungs and actually stop them from working properly.
If this happens you will probably be diagnosed with either chronic silicosis, acute silicosis or accelerated silicosis. If you have recently been given a diagnosis of one of these diseases you might want to make a compensation claim in West Norwood.
Who is at risk?
The people most at risk from developing this work related disease are people that are exposed to rock dust, for example:
- Quarry workers
- Anyone involved in sand blasting
- And even glass manufacturing
Who is responsible?
As these diseases are usually directly attributable to exposure within the work place it would be your employer (whether current or former) that is responsible for your ill-health, and it would be against them (or their insurers) that you are making a compensation claim West Norwood.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure that all their employers are treated fairly and are kept as safe as possible during the course of their work.
Even if they accept that you will be working in a high risk environment, risk assessments should be conducted regularly and the appropriate steps taken to ensure that you are kept as safe as possible. For example, in the case of exposure to silica steps should be taken to ensure you are in as well a ventilated area as possible and have the necessary, appropriate and fully functioning personal protection equipment possible. In this instance it would be masks to ensure that you are not exposed to breathing in the silica dust, which is what causes the problem.
If your employer has failed in their duties to ensure your safety they would be regarded as being negligent, and would therefore be liable for your illness. As a result, there is a good chance that your compensation claim in West Norwood would be successful.
How to make a compensation claim in West Norwood
If you want to find out more about making a compensation claim in West Norwood, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline via one of three ways:
- Take our 30 second test which you will find on our website. This will confirm whether you can make a compensation claim or not and will give you an idea of how much your claim might be worth.
- You can contact our 24/7 helpline. It is a Freephone number and our staff are waiting to take your call.
- You can complete our online form and we will call you back.
Date Published: 6th September 2013
Author: David Brown