Hebburn was a BBC comedy series which must have put this town on the map. If you live in Hebburn or watched the comedy of the same name, you will know that it is situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in north east England. If you live in this area, you may have been involved in an accident in which you were injured. If you were not to blame for the accident, you may be looking for injury lawyers in Hebburn in order to find out if you have grounds upon which to base a personal injury compensation claim.
Injury lawyers in Hebburn
You may also be considering finding injury lawyers in Hebburn, or elsewhere, if you have been diagnosed with an illness which you can prove was the result of another person’s negligence. In the case of a work-related illness, for example, you may be able to prove that your employer was to blame for your illness.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the various Health and Safety at Work Regulations. There are strict guidelines in place to ensure as far as possible the health and safety of employees. Of course, both employers and employees have a responsibility to follow the guidelines. Over the past ten years the number of reported work-related illnesses has decreased, but we should not be complacent. The HSE state that:
- “Around 13, 000 deaths each year from occupational lung disease and cancer are estimated to have been caused by past exposure, primarily to chemicals and dusts at work.
- An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness, of which 452,000 were new cases which started in the year (LFS).
- Around 80% of the new work-related conditions in 2011/12 were musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety (LFS).
- Other work-related illnesses include skin disease, respiratory disease, hearing loss and vibration-related disorders.”
Between the period 1974 (when the Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced) and 2013, the number of fatal injuries to employees at their place of work fell by a dramatic 85%, although there is still room for improvement. It is estimated that there has been an increase in the “total number of cases of stress, depression and anxiety” (HSE).
If you are suffering from a work-related illness, you have three years from the date you were first diagnosed in which to file a personal injury compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe that you have any type of personal injury compensation claim to make, you should contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline. We have two freephone numbers for you to call, and you can do this at any time as the lines are permanently open. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993. For expert legal advice, why not call now?
Date Published: 7th November 2013
Author: David Brown