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    Personal Injury Lawyer in Bonnyrigg


    One of the most frequent reasons, according to records, for contacting a personal injury lawyer in Bonnyrigg is that the claimant has contracted an industrial disease or illness.

    In normal accident and injury claims, the claim must be made within three  years of the date of the accident but in the case of industrial disease different conditions apply. If you are one of the unfortunate few who have suffered some form of industrial disease and have been contemplating making a compensation claim the following information should help you with your decision.

    Personal injury lawyer in Bonnyrigg – Common claims.

    1. Noise Induced Deafness

    This can occur when the worker is exposed to continous noise in their working environment. If working in a factory the employer has a duty to provide ear protection; even if the worker is in a call centre they should be briefed in the procedure to protect them from acoustic shock and what types of equipment they can be provided with to prevent this.

    2. Pleural Plaques/Pleural Thickening

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    This mainly applies to workers who have had to handle asbestos and where inadequate health and safety procedures have been carried out. The exposure to dangerous asbestos dust can lead to serious injury and asbestos is not allowed in the construction of new buildings due to its hazardous properties.

    3. 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. This is a very common complaint amongst office workers although there has not been any direct corellation established between this and carpal tunnel syndrome

    4. Vibration White Finger

    An employee who has been using a vibrating hand tool such as a chainsaw 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.

    The employer’s role.

    It is the responsibility of the employer to provide their workers with adequate protection and to correctly brief them on health and safety procedures. If this can be proved to be lapse then a claim against them can be made. It will obviously not work if the employee had ignored the health and safety regulations in his workplace.

    What to do next

    If you think you have suffered through negligence at work or have suffered any other type of non fault accident why not contact a personal injury lawyer in Bonnyrigg or speak to us at the Accident Advice Helpline to discuss making a claim for compensation. Our helplines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week (0800 689 0500 for landline calls or 0333 500 0993 for mobile phone calls). We are always happy to both listen and advise – so call us today and find out more about making a claim for compensation.

    Date Published: 1st April 2014

    Author: David Brown

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