Melbourne in Derbyshire (rather than the Australian city!) like so many towns in the UK, has a rich history with industry and trade at its heart. But, centuries ago, injuries and even deaths in the workplace were seen as an inconvenience, rather than a tragedy. Those maimed by unsafe machinery, or suffering poor health in later years as a result of their working environment were simply left to eek out a living, although many people failed in this, ending their days in the workhouse.
Modern day industry is, thankfully, much different but it is still a sad fact of life that many people do need a lawyer as a result of ill-health caused by their working environment.
But ‘ordinary’ accidents are subject to a three year time limit, that your lawyer cannot change! Should you attempt to make a claim outside of this deadline, and Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
With cases if industrial disease and ill-health claims, this 3 year deadline is applied differently.
What is the deadline?
It is still 3 years BUT it starts from the date you were told you had an industrial disease or it can be reasonably assumed your ill-health was as a direct result of your working environment. For example, you may have been told you had industrial deafness as a result of working in the quarrying industry when ear defenders were not routinely used.
Why is the deadline applied differently?
This is because it can takes years in some cases, for these ill health cases to become ‘obvious’; for example, a common disease that can take many years to develop is asbestosis. Working with asbestos, without the necessary protection over the mouth and nose means that the small fibres make their way into the lunge. These fibres stay there and, as they build over the years, they can start to cause symptoms of a disease that is brutal and deadly.
Our lawyer can help you with a compensation claim for industrial disease and ill health, as well as any other kind of compensation claim where you received injuries as a result of an incident or accident that was not your fault.
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Melbourne?
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Melbourne working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Melbourne or anyway make us your first point of call.
To find out more information, simply call AAH on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 23rd March 2014
Author: David Brown