Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s foremost advice and compensation providers. Since we began in 2000 we’ve helped thousands of innocent victims of accidents claim the compensation they deserve.
Work Injury Claims for Industrial Diseases
One of the areas we specialise in is work injury claims for industrial diseases. The workplace can be the scene of a vast array of accidents. When workers are injured because of the carelessness or negligence of their employer there is often a valid claim for personal injury compensation.
Every employer is legally obliged to have Health and Safety procedures in place which assess risks in the workplace and take steps to prevent injury to their employees. They are also required to hold public liability insurance to cover any claims for compensation in the unfortunate event that an employee or visitor is injured in the workplace.
When workers are exposed to harmful materials over the duration of their careers, illnesses can develop many years later. Work injuries claims for asbestosis have been widely documented. However, the term industrial disease refers to any injury, disease or condition that is acquired over a period of time due to a person’s working environment and also includes conditions such as:
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
A condition caused by excessive continuous repetition of certain actions, usually manual tasks. Sufferers are frequently factory line workers, workers using machinery such as drills for prolonged periods, or computer users. Your employer is required to provide suitable training for the use of such equipment, and to ensure that you have adequate breaks. If they fail to do so, they may be held liable for your injuries.
- Industrial deafness
A hearing problem of varying severity caused by continued exposure to excessive noise. Employers who manage noisy workplaces are required to measure that noise on a regular basis and take steps to reduce it to an acceptable level. If this is not possible, they must provide you with some protection for your ears. Failure in these duties could mean your employer is responsible for your hearing problem.
- Vibration white finger
Also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), this condition is caused by prolonged use of vibrating machinery and affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm.
- Industrial dermatitis
An inflammation of the skin caused by contact with chemicals or other substances. If your employer fails to provide proper protection from exposure to substances that are known to cause skin problems, they could be deemed responsible for your condition.
There are also many other circumstances where an employees might have valid work injuries claims. These include slips, trips or falls in the workplace, injuries caused by inadequate training or supervision, poorly maintained equipment and many other types of accident.
If you have been injured at work, or been diagnosed with an industrial disease, in the last three years, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline without delay to start your no win no fee claim.
Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 26th February 2013
Author: David Brown