An industrial disease is typically classed as an illness picked up in the workplace, whether that’s through exposure to dangerous substances, the nature of the tasks being carried out or conditions in the place of work. There may also be grounds for a claim if the symptoms or effect of a pre-existing condition have been worsened through your work.
Every employer in the UK is legally responsible for the health and safety for their workforce. Whilst standards for worker welfare are high in this country, employers do not always uphold these regulations, and this can have life-changing implications for employees.
It can take months or even years for the symptoms of industrial illnesses picked up through the workplace to appear. We can advise you on a compensation claim for a host of medical conditions and diseases, including:
- Hearing damage such as tinnitus, noise-induced hearing loss and acoustic shock
- Occupational asthma, silicosis and other respiratory issues
- Chemical poisoning, which can cause diseases such as dermatitis and asbestos
- Vibration white finger, bursitis and other repetitive strain injuries
Compensation claims for industrial diseases can be very complex compared to other personal injury types. This is due to a number of factors. For example, the need to prove the link between the illness and your place of employment and, in some instances, the length of time which transpires between a person working somewhere and symptoms of a disease appearing.