Industrial personal injuries fall under the category of work accidents in personal injury terms – an accident that has occurred in an industrial working environment that was the fault of your employer. Industrial workplaces may include a factory, a steelworks or an energy plant, and are often environments whereby you are subjected to extreme conditions.
What types of industrial personal injuries are there?
As industrial working environments vary, the injuries that may be incurred can be quite diverse. These may include:
- Eye problems such as cataracts due to exposure to heat (such as glass or metal workers)
- Industrial deafness (perhaps due to loud manufacturing equipment)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (brought on, for example, by the use of hand-held tools)
- Phossy jaw (caused by exposure to white phosphorus)
- Skin conditions such as vitiligo or dermatitis (due to exposure to certain chemicals)
As you can see, the range of industrial injuries is vast. Therefore, personal injury claims can often be niche as they deal with very specific injuries incurred under very specific circumstances.
Am I eligible to make a claim?
If your injury was incurred within the past three years, resulted in the need for medical attention and was someone else’s fault, then you may be entitled to make a claim. It may be that your employer failed to provide you with adequate training to carry out your job, which consequently resulted in an injury to you. Alternatively, your employer may have disregarded health and safety measures, or failed to service equipment correctly or within recommended timescales.
To check your eligibility, it is advisable to use an online checker such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second tool. This will indicate if you are eligible and also provide you with an estimation of the compensation amount you will likely be able to receive, dependent on the location of your injury and how severe it is.
How does the claims process work?
Industrial injuries are a niche injury type, requiring attention from a legal team with expertise and experience in this area. It may seem a daunting task to find this specialist legal representation, but compensation providers such as Accident Advice Helpline are there to ensure that you are able not only to be matched with an expert in this field, but also that it will not require any effort from you. Being involved in an accident or incurring an injury is a stressful process – one that shouldn’t be exacerbated by making a claim for compensation.
It is important to make a claim, because those at fault should be highlighted and held accountable for the injuries you have suffered. Accident Advice Helpline will progress your claim on a no win, no fee basis and in most cases, entirely via the telephone. You may be required to attend a medical assessment, but in many circumstances will not need to attend court – we will be able to represent you instead. To get in touch, just fill out our short online claim form or give our adviceline a call on 0800 180 4123.