Industrial disease compensation claims

Industrial disease compensation claims carry an added complexity to a typical work accident claim, since the injury or illness concerned is sustained over an extended period, usually the entire period of employment and only picked up on later in life when the symptoms can have devastating effects. To discuss your potential industrial disease claim call us on 0203 816 0065

As you may already be aware, in accident claims, claimants have three years from the date of the accident to issue proceedings at court. This is known as the limitation period. In disease claims, however, this three year period starts to run from the date the symptoms first became significant and were associated with work. Stephensons are well-placed to advise you on the key limitation issues that can arise as they vary on a case by case basis.

Industrial disease - areas of specialism

Since occupational diseases can vary so greatly, in addition to their causes, compensation claims are equally diverse but our highly skilled specialist solicitors are perfectly placed to provide the legal advice required in order to secure compensation. 

Stephensons is one of the largest firms of its kind and boasts years of combined experience in occupational illness claims.

From noise induced hearing loss, repetitive strain injury and hand arm vibration syndrome to asbestos related illnesses, lung cancer and mesothelioma, occupational diseases can have varying degrees of severity. Some can prevent victims from holding down employment in a particular area while others could even result in death.

Industrial disease compensation amounts

Compensation awards in England and Wales for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (general damages) follow guidance provided by the senior Judiciary, known as the Judicial College Guidelines. We are happy to advise you of the likely value of your claim on an individual basis, however, this can only be an estimate until medical evidence is obtained.

In addition to compensation for the injury or illness itself, there may be many other aspects to your claim (‘special damages’), for example;

  • Travel expenses
  • Prescriptions and medical purchases
  • Physiotherapy fees
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Care and assistance from family members
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of congenial employment
  • Loss of pension
  • Hospice fees
  • Funeral expenses

At Stephensons we always aim to maximise the compensation claimed on behalf of our clients and ensure that all losses and expenses are included where the evidence supports it.

Can I make an industrial disease compensation claim if I am self employed?

You may still be eligible to claim compensation if your working conditions were being controlled by a third party. For example, you could have worked as a sub-contractor to a joinery firm, but it was the main contractor’s on site foreman who gave you daily instructions. Please get in touch with us on 0203 816 0065.

What if I was working in Scotland?

You may require legal representation from a Scottish law firm in this situation and we are happy to advise you further on this. 

If you have been diagnosed with pleural plaques and could have been exposed to asbestos whilst working in Scotland, you may be able to pursue a claim, unlike claimants who worked in England & Wales. This is due to the Damages (Asbestos Related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009.

Can I claim any benefits due to my work-related illness or disease?

As part of our personal injury claims service, Stephensons are happy to advise you on any welfare benefits available, such as industrial injuries disablement benefit and how to claim for them.

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