One of the reasons for making an injury no win no fee claim is due to contracting an industrial disease or illness. Although generally an injury injury no win no fee claim would need to be made within 3 years of the relevant incident, in the case of industrial diseases there is no time limitation.
Some examples of industrial diseases/illnesses eligible for an injury no win no fee claim are as follows:
Noise Induced Deafness
If an employee is working in a noisy environment it is the responsibility of the employer to provide adequate ear covers/muffs to quieten the noise.
Pleural Plaques/Pleural Thickening
These conditions are related to employees working with asbestos, where inadequate health and safety procedures were carried out, exposing the employee to the dangerous asbestos dust.
This is an asbestos related cancer, again caused by inadequate protection against the asbestos dust being provided to the employee e.g. no face masks being worn
Repetitive Strain Injury
This can be suffered by an employee with a relatively ‘safe’ desk job where the repetitive nature of the job can cause pain in the hand and arm, although it can also be caused in more active jobs such as those where regular lifting is required. In this case the pain is more likely to be suffered in the back.
Vibration White Finger
An employee who has been using a vibrating hand tool for a prolonged period of time may experience vibration white finger. Initially this is where the finger looks white and feels numb, but may lead to lack of dexterity in the fingers and in very extreme cases can require amputation.
Clearly the above examples do not cover the full spectrum of industrial diseases that can be suffered by employees, however they do serve to give an idea of the possible major impact industrial diseases can have on a person’s life.
It is always the responsibility of the employer to protect the employee from any harmful situations where industrial disease could be contracted. If you think you have suffered due to inadequate protection by your employer why not contact us at Accident Advice Helpline to see if you qualify for compensation.
Our helplines are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week (0800 689 0500 for landline calls or 0333 500 0993 for mobile calls), or, alternatively, you can complete our free compensation calculator (the ‘30 second test’) on our website to get an idea of whether you qualify for compensation and, if so, what you may be entitled to.