Spotlight on: industrial diseases
Today, we take a look at industrial diseases and how Accident Advice Helpline, along with injury lawyers in Woofferton, can help to claim the compensation you so rightfully deserve.
What is an industrial disease?
Many years ago, before the advent of health and safety, as well as limited knowledge on how we could be affected by dust, chemicals and the working environment, people worked in places and under conditions that resulted in them becoming ill in the future.
As a result of improved scientific knowledge, some of these industrial diseases have now been linked to workplace practices from the past.
What are prescribed industrial diseases?
In order for you to claim certain disability benefits, the government has a list of prescribed industrial diseases. In other words, these 70 diseases have been categorically linked to causing long-term ill health (including, in some cases, premature death) in workers within certain industries.
In order to be able to claim various benefits, you must show that you contracted the disease whilst working in the UK. The most well-known diseases include asbestos-related diseases, vibration white finger (caused by operating vibrating machinery for prolonged periods) and deafness caused by a loud working environment, plus many others.
Was work bad for your health?
The list of prescribed industrial diseases, as injury lawyers in Woofferton will tell you, exists to help those affected to claim compensation. If you have been diagnosed with any of these illnesses, then you have a high chance of being able to claim compensation (you may have already received advice to this effect).
However, we also recognise here at Accident Advice Helpline that our specialist injury lawyers in Woofferton may be needed by other people who feel (and can possibly also prove) that their work has been making them ill. This may be as a result of not being allowed break times, or not being given the right amount of time off work.
Employers have a legal duty to keep you safe and well when you work for them.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
We have some of the best injury lawyers in Woofferton working with us here at Accident Advice Helpline, and we think one of the best things about approaching us is that our advice is not only free, but does not come with strings attached.
Simply calling us on 0800 689 0500 does not mean you are obligated to take the case further – you can call us for a chat and nothing more. If you think that your workplace is having an adverse affect on your health, call us – our injury lawyers in Woofferton may be able to help.
Date Published: 16th November 2013
Author: David Brown