Don’t Waste Time with Industrial Disease Claims
The legacy of Lord Woolf made massive inroads into the procedures around industrial disease claims and particularly in his recommendations regarding the time frames involved in making a claim. Lord Woolf had a clear understanding of the real issues involved and how important time was in these types of claim. The real question is do you understand how important time is?
When we look at industrial disease claims, it becomes apparent that time has more of a role to play in this type of claim perhaps than any other. Disease or time sensitive injuries are sometimes slow to develop and, combined with correct diagnosis, time can play a devastating blow to the procedure. There are numerous incidents when victims can have died before justice can be brought. Some companies knowing that time was of the essence would slow proceedings using the law itself to almost guarantee that claimants would either die or give up before they were able to see justice served.
Time is one of the rare things we have in life and although we never really possess time, we can use it to create all manner of things, but when the fragility of life is called into question time with family and loved ones is the one most people sight as the most important, followed closely behind by the financial means to support those we leave behind and to improve the quality of life for those with degenerative industrial diseases. Lord Woolf recognised this fact and attempted to make the process quicker and easier to start an industrial disease claim.
The process is not as straight forward as it might be and it would be pertinent to get the advice of a mediating organisation like Accident Advice Helpline. They can immediately connect you with a solicitor who will be an expert in this field. They can, if you wish, start things moving, taking advantage of the work done by Lord Woolf to speed up the process.
Any procrastination in industrial disease claims can be costly, so speed is of the essence and expertise in the way these claims work is paramount. People do take time to think if this is the right thing to do, but when we are confronted with our own frailty it is always difficult, we feel as if, by seeking help and expert advice, we are somehow giving in. Quite the opposite is true, countless thousands who have gone before you will testify it was the best thing they ever did. For many, far from admitting defeat; it gave them a sense of renewed vigour. They knew that the wheels of justice were in motion; they were a part of something bigger than themselves and that can be an exercise that sets people free.
For all its faults and old fashioned ways the law in this country does have many fine qualities, always changing addressing the wrongs in society, in this case adding more time to ensure proper justice can be brought through industrial disease claims, but you must play your part and take advantage of the extra time it gives you.
Date Published: 10th October 2012
Author: David Brown