Your employer’s responsibility to prevent you from developing industrial illness
Whilst productivity and efficiency at work is important, your safety should always be of primary importance. Although your employer will want to ensure that you perform well in your job role, they also need to make sure they are providing you with a safe place to work.
In order to ensure that employees don’t face unnecessary risks, there are a number of guidelines which relate to health and safety at work. However, you also need to be aware of your employer’s responsibility to prevent you from developing industrial illness.
If you feel that your employer isn’t taking workplace safety seriously, it’s important to speak to someone as soon as possible. Your line manager or a union representative may be a good person to speak to regarding your concerns but, ultimately, you shouldn’t perform any tasks which you feel put you at risk of injury or illness.
Could you take legal action?
If you believe that your employer’s responsibility to prevent you from developing industrial illness has been ignored and you’ve become unwell as a result, you should be able to take legal action. If you’re able to prove that you weren’t responsible for your illness and that your employer’s actions caused you to become ill, you should be within your rights to launch a claim for compensation.
However, as with any type of personal injury compensation claim, you will need to seek medical help before you’ll be able to take action. If you were hospitalised or received treatment from your doctor, this will be noted on your medical records.
With your permission, these records can be used as part of your claim as they will help to prove your employer’s liability.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
The cost of seeking legal advice is a concern for most claimants. Often, people worry about their legal bills spiralling out of control and they may assume that they won’t be able to afford to make a compensation claim at all.
However, you don’t need to let your finances hold you back when it comes to making a claim. At Accident Advice Helpline we can help you to make a no-win, no-fee* claim which means that you won’t have to pay anything upfront.
If you think you might be eligible to make a claim and you want to find out more, contact our personal injury team now. Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Category: Industrial illness claims