Industrial Disease Compensation Claims — Scotland

Not all work-related injuries are immediately identifiable. An industrial disease or a work-related illness may emerge as a result of prolonged exposure to certain elements during the course of your employment. Find out if you’re eligible for industrial disease compensation claims from our experienced solicitors in Scotland.

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The Short of It

  • Have you developed an industrial disease or work-related illness

    as a result of prolonged exposure to different elements in the workplace?

  • The effects of these industrial diseases and work-related illnesses could have been avoided,

    and you may be entitled to claim compensation.

  • Watermans have a wealth of experience in handling industrial disease compensation claims.

    Contact our specialist personal injury solicitors today.

  • Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need

    and providing straightforward legal advice. It should be that simple.

  • The Long of It

    Industrial Disease Compensation

    An overview of industrial disease compensation claims

    A large number of personal injury compensation claims in Scotland don’t occur as a result of a one-off accident. Instead, a person’s exposure to certain things during the course of their employment can lead to industrial illnesses or work-related illnesses.

    This can include being exposed to certain substances, such as dust fumes and chemicals, continually being exposed to environments with loud noises, or undertaking tasks which require the use of vibrating tools or repetitive processes at work.

    Regardless of whether you are still employed by the company or the incident occurred sometime in your past work history, you can still make an industrial disease compensation claim within a specific time period. Our law firm will assess your industrial illness claim and assist you with court proceedings.

    Common Industrial Illnesses

    Some of the most common industrial diseases or work-related illnesses you can claim compensation for are:

    Respiratory Diseases

    The most widely reported and well-known types of respiratory problems resulting from a person’s employment are asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma, occupational asthma, a lung disease like lung cancer, and silicosis. These conditions can occur as a result of either the general working conditions, asbestos exposure or exposure to other particularly dangerous substances that have not been properly controlled by their employer.

    Employers have a duty to ensure that workers are not exposed to harmful or irritating substances, that workplaces are safe and suitable for workers, and, where harmful substances need to be used, that suitable protections for health and safety are in place.

    Substance Exposure Illnesses

    Hazardous substances can result in short or long-term illnesses and health conditions (including conditions such as dermatitis) depending on the substance an individual has been exposed to and the quantity and frequency of exposure. In the most severe cases, exposure to certain chemicals, such as asbestos fibres, can have life-limiting and even fatal consequences.

    Work-related Strain and Vibration

    These injuries or conditions usually occur as a result of exposure to the frequent use of vibrating power tools or as a result of a person’s work involving a repetitive process. The most common conditions as a result of such exposure are Vibration White Finger (VWF), Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

    Employers have a duty to protect workers from exposure to work equipment which is likely to cause them injuries either in the short or long term. Likewise, they also have a duty to ensure that a person’s work is organised in such a way that they do not continue doing the same activity to reduce or eliminate the chance of that person suffering a repetitive strain injury.

    Industrial Deafness and Tinnitus

    People working in a particularly noisy environment using, for example, loud power tools, can suffer from reduced hearing, deafness or tinnitus (a condition causing ringing in the ears) if sufficient measures aren’t taken to protect them from unsafe working conditions.

    Employers have a duty to offer protection against noise exposure by providing suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as ear defenders. They are also required to organise work in such a way as to reduce prolonged exposure to loud noise.

    Symptoms of an industrial disease can often take a long time to develop, but it is important that you act when you think your workplace or working conditions may be affecting your health. Our expert personal injury solicitors in Scotland have the experience necessary to advise and guide you on your path to a successful industrial disease claim.

    Making a Claim

    How do I make an industrial disease compensation claim?

    Making a compensation claim for industrial disease against your employer can often seem like a daunting process. However, if your employer has not fulfilled their duty to protect you and provide a safe working environment with adequate workplace conditions and safety protocols, you are legally entitled to seek justice and industrial disease compensation.

    The Watermans industrial disease solicitors have acted for a large number of clients who have developed a range of industrial diseases and work-related illnesses. Our team of personal injury specialist solicitors will be able to guide you through the industrial disease claim process.

    How Much Compensation?

    How much compensation can I get for an industrial disease claim?

    As with all personal injury claims, there is no definitive answer for how much compensation you could receive for industrial disease claims. This will depend on the severity of the case and how much your life will continue to be affected by living with an industrial disease.

    Suffering from an industrial disease or work-related illness can be painful and debilitating and have a negative effect on your mental and emotional well-being. Start your financial compensation claim today with Watermans, where our industrial disease solicitors operate on a no-win, no-fee basis. That means that if we don’t win your claim for industrial diseases, you don’t have to pay any solicitors fees. It should be that simple.

    What does an industrial disease claim cover?

    Claims for industrial disease compensation can cover a number of losses, depending on the severity of your symptoms and whether the accident was due to workplace negligence.

    Industrial injury claims can cover lost earnings, medical bills, home mobility aids, emotional suffering and more. Before you make industrial disease claims, speak to a personal injury lawyer from Watermans. We’ll ensure you secure the maximum amount for your industrial compensation claims.

    Why Watermans?

    Why should I choose Watermans to pursue my industrial disease claim?

    Watermans make legal services look and feel easy so people can move forward in life. Watermans are your modern personal injury law firm in Scotland.

    Our expert team of industrial disease claims lawyers is committed to doing everything to make the industrial disease claims process straightforward for our clients following an accident.

    We take the hassle from you and fight each case to secure the maximum level of personal injury compensation in Scotland.

    No-Win, No-Fee Lawyers in Scotland

    We provide access to a range of additional services, such as physiotherapy and psychological treatment. We aim to ensure you recover from your injuries and industrial diseases as soon as possible and get your life back on track.

    Our expertise in personal injury covers a wide range of areas, including accidents at work, public liability claims, road traffic accidents, fatal and serious injury claims, and cases relating to child and historical abuse.

    Our industrial disease claims solicitors represent thousands of clients throughout Scotland each year, securing millions of pounds in compensation for our clients. We operate as no-win, no-fee solicitors in Scotland, which means that if your industrial disease claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket.

    Industrial Disease Claims - FAQs

    An industrial disease is an illness caused by exposure to harmful hazards in a workplace. Some industries are more prone to industrial diseases than others, such as the construction industry.

    You can make an industrial disease claim if your employer did not adequately protect you from an occupational disease or illness or if there were no appropriate precautions in place.

    Industrial disease law falls under the same specifications as personal injuries. You will have three years to make an industrial disease claim. This time limit begins from the date you were exposed to hazards causing health risks by your employer or the reasonable date you became aware of your symptoms due to your workplace occupations and received a medical diagnosis. Speak to a personal injury solicitor in Scotland to find out if you’re still eligible for industrial illness claims.

    If you are suffering from an industrial illness after working in Scotland, you can still make a claim for compensation after leaving the country. The process works much in the same way, and the three-year time limit still applies to your claim. It’s important to ensure that you gather all the necessary information and evidence of your case and keep records of accidents for any future claims. A Watermans personal injury lawyer in Scotland can assist you with your case.

    If you require assistance with personal injury claims, our industrial disease claims lawyers in Scotland can ensure that your case is successful.

    This is provided that you have sufficient evidence to win the case against your workplace.  Evidence can include a diagnosis from a medical expert, CCTV footage, witness statements, records of workplace protocols for health and safety, and proof of financial losses. Industrial disease claims are more likely to be successful with more evidence at your disposal.

    Work-related illness compensation can take a while to pay out, depending on your circumstances. Every single claim for no-win, no-fee industrial disease compensation that our solicitors have worked on is different. Some take months, while others take years. For more complicated claims, such as occupational cancer compensation, it can take longer.

    It all depends on whether your employer accepts liability, how long it takes to understand the value of the compensation owed to you, and the length of the investigation. Speak to a Watermans personal injury solicitor for straightforward legal advice.

    Work-related disease compensation claims do not always necessarily go to court. We understand that court proceedings can cause unneeded emotional distress.

    This is why each Watermans personal injury solicitor in Scotland will always try their best to settle occupational disease claims out of court. However, our industrial disease compensation claims specialists may advise you to go to court if the compensation offer is too low.

    In the unfortunate case of fatalities, family members can claim industrial diseases compensation. However, this claim must still take place within the three-year time limit of the date of death. If the person who suffered health problems in the work environment passes away in the middle of a claim, a family member can continue the process on their behalf with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

    Receive straightforward legal advice for your industrial disease compensation claims. Request a callback and our personal injury solicitors in Scotland will be in touch. 

    The figures quoted are a rough guide to show you the amount you could receive as compensation for your injury. Our solicitors will advise you in more detail about your specific claim.

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