Common Types Of Industrial Disease Claims
Industrial disease is a term used to describe an illness or a condition which has been contracted after being exposed to dangerous substances at the workplace or due to unsafe working conditions. If an industrial disease has been developed due to the negligent act of your employer, it may be possible for you to make an industrial disease claim.
There are numerous types of industrial diseases that can be developed at the workplace. However, here is a list of some of the common industrial diseases affecting workers in the UK.
Repetitive Strain Injury
RSI is a term that can be used to describe work related injuries which are associated with the arms, hands, wrists, fingers shoulders or basically the upper limbs. Workers who are usually affected include those whose work involves rapid repetitive movement. If you have suffered RSI due to your working conditions, you must consider bringing a compensation claim.
Noise induced hearing loss develops gradually and therefore it may go unnoticed for many years. Although there are strict rules to minimise workplace noise, noise induced hearing loss still affects a large number of workers, especially those who work or have worked in the coal mining, metal manufacturing, engineering and shipbuilding industry.
Dermatitis is a term which can be used to describe a range of skin conditions. It is basically caused when the skin becomes inflamed after coming into contact with an allergen or an irritant. When a person comes into contact with an allergen, it can affect his whole body. However, in the case of an irritant, it will affect a particular area of the body. There are numerous industries where workers can develop skin conditions.
Asbestos Related Diseases
Although the use of asbestos has been banned, it can be found in many old buildings and places. This means workers are still at a risk of contracting asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and lung cancer. Those who had been exposed to asbestos previously can also make a claim for compensation because asbestos related diseases take a long time to manifest themselves.
Vibration White Finger
If you work with vibrating machinery and hand held tools, you may be at a risk of developing vibration white finger.
Making A Claim
In addition to the above, there are many other types of industrial diseases which can give rise to compensation claims.
If you have been diagnosed with an industrial disease, you must contact our solicitors and find out how you can take your claim further.
To speak to a member of our team, you can give us a call on our free helpline or fill in the quick claim form on our website.