Cowdenbeath is a town in Fife, Scotland, which seems to have had a long history of human habitation, judging by the Bronze Age artifacts which have been discovered there. However a permanent settlement may not have begun until much later, with the parish church dating back to the early 15th century. The earliest recorded mention of Beath (Beth) was in 1178, in a charter found in Incholm Abbey. Beath in Scots Gaelic means ‘birch wood.’ Before 1850 Cowdenbeath consisted of a few scattered farms, and only grew when coal mining began in the area in the 19th century. The Bowhill, or Lady Josephine Colliery near Cowdenbeath was the scene of many accidents, some fatal.
Coal mining health and safety risks
Any miner, or ex-miner, can probably regale you with tales of a lucky escape while working underground. They risked their lives in the early days of coal-mining to extract coal to feed the growing industrial need for fuel. The conditions they worked in were far from ideal and of course, there were few health and safety rules for colliery owners to follow in those days. There were dangers from flooding in deep mines, as well as the dangers of methane gas which, mixed with coal dust can cause explosions. Miners developed silicosis but some failed to receive compensation because they smoked cigarettes.
Silicosis is now classed as an occupational disease which affects the lungs. It is caused by the respirable crystalline silica found in coal dust and this causes scarring and a hardening of the lung tissue. Sufferers eventually cannot walk far, perhaps not up the stairs to get to bed, and they might become housebound or even bed-bound. Breathing apparatus may be necessary too.
If you are suffering from a work-related illness, you should find a suitable personal injury solicitor, perhaps one from a firm of solicitors Cowdenbeath, to help you file a claim for your ill-health.
Solicitors in Cowdenbeath
Solicitors Cowdenbeath, or ones based nearer to where you live, or even a national firm, may be able to help you file a personal injury compensation claim if you, with their help, can prove that an illness was caused by another person’s negligence. Solicitors in Cowdenbeath, for example, could also help you make an injury claim for injuries sustained in an accident which you can prove was not your fault. You will need to find out exactly how long you have to claim for injuries, as there are different time limits for accidents. Normally you have three years in which to make a claim, but this cannot be assumed to be true in every case.
Accident Advice Helpline
You can also call us at Accident Advice Helpline for relevant information about any potential personal injury compensation claim. You can call us on one of our freephone numbers whenever you are able, as the lines are always open. From landlines, call 0800 689 0500, or from mobiles, 0333 500 0993. Why not call us now for expert legal advice?
Date Published: 30th May 2014