It’s standard in compensation claims that the process is subject to rules and regulations laid down by government. A main criterion in making a claim is that the accident has to have happened within the last three years.
In some work injuries claims, this time limitation can be exceeded – none more so than where a worker or former employee suffers ill health following materials he handles or handled when doing his job, the hazards of which he may well not be aware of or not known about at the time of using them.
Risks in the workplace
The onus is on the employer to assess risks in the workplace and ensure his workers have a hazard-free environment in which to perform their jobs. His obligation is not only a moral one, it is a legal one and when he fails in this, work injuries can result. Proper advice and training should be provided to all workers about the risk of occupational hazards and how to avoid them.
Legal experts working for Accident Advice Helpline over its 15-year existence have gathered data on work injuries for claims relating to these and one of the main areas of concern has been where dust and toxic fumes have been inhaled. These can manifest themselves in physical conditions externally and internally, from skin conditions to diseases of the lungs and respiratory system.
Those occupations most at risk include:
• Car sprayers
• Cement manufacturing workers
• Dentistry employees
• Farm workers
• Hairdressers and beauticians
• Healthcare staff
• Joiners and woodworkers
• Laboratory technicians
• Those in the welding trades
If you’ve discovered you have a condition or illness that may have come from an occupational source, give us a call at Accident Advice Helpline. It’s a free-phone number and you’ll find one of our friendly staff available 24/7 to assess your claim. In the normal run of events with work injuries, our 30-second test manages to establish whether you have already received medical treatment for your injury, the accident was not your fault and that it took place within the last three years.
Obviously, if you’re still working in an environment, maybe in one of the jobs mentioned above, you would know that your condition has been a recent one. However, as one of our no win no fee solicitors can advise, it is possible to make a claim for work injuries compensation after the three years. This very often applies to those who have retired.
A condition like recurrent asthma is a common respiratory problem. It can come from working with certain chemical substances, grain and flour mill dust, wood dust, insects and animals. Symptoms can include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. The skin, nose and eyes may also become irritated and inflamed .When occupation-related illnesses manifest themselves at a later time, an Accident Advice Helpline solicitor can make a claim for work injuries and money the client has spent on coping with these.
In effect, the three-year limitation period may begin at the time at which the symptoms began or the disease was diagnosed and an independent medical examination, which we will arrange, can usually prove that your working environment or the source of your exposure was to blame. Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th January 2013
Author: David Brown