Work related illness can often be attributed to the neglect of an employer, and when this is the case, it is important to pursue compensation. As long as the incident causing the illness happened within the past three years and resulted in the need for medical attention, you will likely be able to make a claim. This can be confirmed by the use of an online tool such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second calculator, which will also return an approximate figure to indicate your compensation entitlement.
What types of work related illness may be eligible for compensation?
Dependent on your working environment, you may be at risk from a wide range of work related illness, including:
- Asbestos related illness such as asbestos lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis
- Occupational asthma, for example caused by wood dust, flour or spray paint
- Dermatitis such as through exposure to harsh chemicals
- Vibration white finger, perhaps caused by the use of machinery like a pneumatic drill or chainsaw
- Industrial deafness caused by loud machinery
- Repetitive strain injury
- Work-induced stress
Whatever the risks to you, your employer should always take adequate measures to protect you as the employee. This is their duty of care to you, and will involve steps such as regular controls and monitoring, ensuring you have access to protective workwear, providing adequate training and observing health and safety guidelines at all times. If your employer has failed to protect you from injuries or work related illness that could otherwise have been avoided, then you may be entitled to make a claim.
Why is it important to make a claim?
As well as taking into account the effects on you as an individual – including physical, psychological and mental impacts – making a claim for compensation following a work related illness may help to ensure others do not suffer in the same way you have done. Measures will be put in place to prevent further accidents or illness occurring, such as extra training or a rigorous review of health and safety in the workplace.
If you are at all worried about making a claim against a current or former employer, you should bear in mind that they will be covered by their indemnity insurance. At Accident Advice Helpline we have vast experience in handling work claims and find that in most cases, employees are able to return to work with no bad feeling – as long as they are physically able to. Of course in some instances, illness will prevent a return to work. In these cases, compensation can help you financially in a situation that prevents you from earning a living.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help?
Accident Advice Helpline is a compensation provider with over ten years of experience in handling personal injury claims, including work related illness. With over 190 legal partners and a team of highly trained advisers, we have the expertise and experience to ensure that your claim for compensation has the best possible chance of a fair and just outcome. All of our claims are handled with minimum fuss to you as the claimant, and on a no win, no fee* basis.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.