Industrial illness claims have fallen dramatically since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Today, far fewer people fall ill because of the work they do than was the case several decades ago. As such, the introduction of the Act has changed many lives for the better. With that said, there are many symptoms of industrial illness that are experienced by a few unlucky people every year. While most will never go through any illness caused by their work, some will know from personal experience how you could develop an industrial illness. These people will also understand how their lives can be irrevocably changed because of the illness they have contracted, when in fact they should never have fallen ill to begin with.
There are many examples of industrial illness, some of which indicate debilitating conditions, and in rare cases, premature death. Illnesses associated with asbestos are usually historical, but there is no cure for asbestosis and mesothelioma yet, both caused by the now banned material. Usually, illnesses and injuries caused in the workplace can only be compensated for if a claim is made by the affected individual within three years of the onset of that illness. However, this does not apply to cases where the illness has been caused by exposure to asbestos. If you are in doubt, please do speak to one of our trained advisors. They will be able to let you know whether you can claim for a historical illness, and how to go about doing so if you can. Industrial illness claims may be rare given the overall size of the workforce, but they can still sometimes go ahead when there is good cause to do so.
Learning more about industrial illnesses
It is your employer’s responsibility to prevent you from developing industrial illness, so if you have become ill because of your work, you may have a chance to claim compensation. Claiming compensation for industrial illness is easier if you have medical proof of your illness, so make sure you see your GP to obtain a proper diagnosis, suitable treatment, and a prognosis, too.
Indeed, as soon as you fall ill, you should see your GP to ensure the illness does not have a chance to progress any further than necessary. You may not realise your illness has anything to do with your work to start with; alternatively, you may not even think about industrial illness claims and the possibility of claiming yourself.
However, the earlier you are treated, and the more evidence you amass concerning your illness and the medical treatment you have received, the greater the chance any industrial illness claims could meet with success. Every case is different, but seeking medical advice will certainly enable you to be treated and hopefully to recover, too.
Treatment for industrial illness will vary depending on the illness suffered from. For example, you may be afflicted by asthma, or by a skin condition. With so many illnesses that could potentially be caused by inadequate working conditions, you must get a proper diagnosis so the right treatment can be found.
Sometimes, it may be very clear your illness has been caused by the conditions you are working in. For example, do you work in a very dusty environment? Dust particles may be created by the type of work you do, and if that is the case, proper breathing protection or equipment should be provided to make sure you do not inhale those particles. This applies in cases where the air is not clear, whether there are gases, fumes, dust particles, or anything else in the air.
Personal protective equipment should be issued in such cases, but if you were not issued with this, or you know that no risk assessment was completed, you could have a good argument to make to receive compensation. If your employer did not exercise their duty of care to look after you, you might have a good chance of seeking compensation.
Could you be next in line to make industrial illness claims?
Every year, a handful of people find themselves needing to know more about the likelihood they could make one of these industrial illness claims. There is no need to worry about the cost of making a claim for industrial illness, because if you call us, you will soon find out our no-win, no-fee* claims format means you’re never at risk of footing the bill for solicitors’ fees. Even if your claim wasn’t a success, you wouldn’t be left with a large bill to pay. If that sets your mind at rest, you can now see why you should give our team a call now for a chat. There is no need to be concerned about your own liabilities, as we will support you and ensure you are never at risk. Doesn’t that make life a lot easier for you when you are coming to terms with an industrial illness?
Give us a call
So, why not seek our no-obligation advice today? You need only ring us on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993, to find out more about Accident Advice Helpline. There are many good reasons why people have chosen to rely on our advice and support over the years, and you could soon benefit from our services if you’ve suffered from an industrial illness, too. Why not get in touch now to find out more details?
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