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Also known as an ‘occupational illness’, an industrial disease typically arises as result of exposure to harmful substances at work, which cause injury.
There are many different industrial diseases which are caused by a number of substances.
No matter what the disease, if an individual’s health has been impacted as a result of negligent exposure to a hazardous substance in the workplace, then they can make a claim for compensation.
Asbestos has many benefits in construction and other industries such as the textile industry. The substance is heat resistant, provides excellent insulation, can be woven into a fabric and is also very strong and flexible. It’s clear to see why the material was so popular before the dangers of asbestos were revealed.
There is little dispute as to the test for liability in disease cases. The question is whether the risk of personal injury arising from an employee’s exposure to a harmful material etc ought reasonably to have been foreseen by a careful employer, to the extent that the employer should have taken precautions or at the very least sought advice as to what (if any) precautions he should take.
Employers should assess the risks from substances or materials used in the workplace and implement suitable and sufficient controls to protect employees.
Asbestosis is a dose related disease which means the more asbestos that is inhaled, the bigger the risk of contracting asbestosis and the worse the disease will be. Mesothelioma is different as even minimal exposure can cause the illness and the effects will be the same, no matter how much asbestos an individual has been exposed to. However, with mesothelioma, the more an individual is exposed to asbestos, the greater the risk that the fibres ingested will eventually trigger the disease.
Unlike asbestosis and mesothelioma, lung cancer can be caused by a number of different factors and not just exposure to asbestos. For an individual’s lung cancer claim to be successful it is necessary to show that their culpable exposure was caused by the company they were working for, rather than the cancer being caused by another factor such as smoking for example.
As with all compensation claims there’s no set amount awarded for any particular type of claim. Once our Solicitors have gathered the evidence, including the medical evidence of your condition, they will be able to give you an accurate idea of how much compensation you will receive. As well as claiming for the symptoms of your disease, you will also be able to claim for any loss of amenity. any loss of earnings, travel expenses, care provided by family members and numerous potential future losses
The amount you are awarded will reflect these losses and the impact the disease has or will have on you or possibly your family.
Please see our articles on different ‘heads of claim’ for more information
Yes, whether a claim has already been started or not, our Solicitors can help you make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has passed away due to an industrial disease.
You may be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB), depending on the level of your disablement, and what condition you are suffering from. However, you won’t be able to claim IIDB if you were self-employed at the time your illness, disease or injury was caused. You can get further information here, and find out which conditions are covered here. Any other questions about IIDB can be answered by your regional IIDB centre.
Yes, as they are not means-tested. However, a compensation settlement may affect certain other benefits that are means-tested. See our guide, How does your personal injury compensation affect your benefits?, for more information on this.
Prescribed diseases are those on the list of diseases and illnesses for which the government pays certain benefits, providing the illnesses were contracted in the course of employment or an approved training programme. You can read more details about the definition of a prescribed disease here, and find the current list of prescribed diseases here.
For certain illnesses or injuries, the employer must report these to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
No. Only those listed in the regulations are required to be reported. They are:
Also reportable are:
There are very few government compensation schemes still open to pursue a claim through. The open schemes are:
Yes, it can count as a form of occupational illness. While it is not necessarily a disease, it is a chronic condition that can be caused by environments in your workplace.
Employers must take out liability insurance, for precisely the purpose of paying out for any personal injury liabilities such as your claim. So, when you make a successful claim against an employer or former employers, the money is actually paid by their insurers.
Yes, especially if your condition has taken many years to develop or show symptoms. For more information, read Industrial Disease: You Might Have More Than 3 Years Since Employment To Claim.
The date of knowledge means the time you started to experience symptoms of your illness or injury, or when you thought that perhaps your employment had been the cause of your ill health. For more information on the date of knowledge and whether the time limit has already started to run, read Industrial Disease: You Might Have More Than 3 Years Since Employment To Claim.
No, you can still pursue a personal injury compensation claim against a previous employer.
Yes, we can trace them on your behalf. It doesn’t matter whether they are still trading or have gone out of business.
You may not know, but if you have health problems and you think they have been caused by your job or work conditions, then seek medical attention and contact us as soon as possible.
In most cases, yes, so an independent medical expert can assess your health problems and the impact on your life.
"I would like to thank you very much for your first class handling of my injury claim. As you know, I broke my wrist in January and had engaged another firm of Solicitors to handle my claim for over 2 and a half years during which time they got nowhere and advised me that I would not be able to succeed. However, I was fortunate enough to contact Mr. Richard Long, who agreed to have a look at my file from the previous solicitors and then decided to take my case on. Within a matter of 2 months, Mr Richard Meggitt was able to obtain for me an out of court settlement, plus the fee for the medical report which my previous solicitors had made me pay for. Needless to say I am absolutely delighted by the result which you obtained and by your total professionalism in this matter. I would not hesitate in recommending ASD to anyone who has a claim for personal injury."Mr Hay, Rotherham