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Industrial disease explained

Industrial disease is a disease that has been contracted as a result of a specific course of employment, usually during work in a factory. If you have been exposed to occupational hazards in the workplace over a significant period of time, you might want to look into industrial disease claims and see if you are eligible for compensation. Industrial diseases can be anything from asbestos-related illnesses through to respiratory and lung diseases, vibration diseases and skin disorders. If you suspect that you might be suffering an industrial disease as a result of past working conditions, do not hesitate to get in touch with Stephensons today to begin the claims process.

Industrial disease solicitors - areas of specialism

Our specialist industrial disease solicitors are experts in their field and can cover a wide range of industrial disease claims. Part of the personal injury claims team, our Industrial disease lawyers have been recognised in the Legal 500 for personal injury. They have also been accredited by the Law Society and they are part of the Association of Person Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Here are our areas of industrial disease specialisms:  

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 such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, 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.

Industrial disease claims FAQs

If you want to speak to an industrial disease solicitor about a possible claim, contact our work accident lawyers on 01616 966 229. For more general information on industrial disease claims, read our FAQs below.

What is an industrial disease?

An industrial disease, also known as an occupational disease, is generally defined as a chronic disease, ailment or condition that has occurred as a result of work or a person’s occupational activity. For a condition to be considered an industrial disease, it must appear more prevalent in a given body of workers than in the general population.

One of the most well-known industrial diseases are asbestos-related conditions such as mesothelioma, which is a condition that only occurs if a person has been exposed to asbestos. While the substance is now banned, it can still be found in many buildings in the UK.

Can you get compensation for industrial disease claims after death?

Yes, you can. If a loved one has passed away due to an industrial disease, then it is possible to claim compensation. When it comes to industrial disease claims, the typical rules around the limitation period is a little different to a general personal injury claim.  When making a compensation claim under personal injury law, you have three years from that date of the accident to claim. With industrial diseases, the three-year period starts to run from the date the symptoms first became significant and were associated with work. For some, an industrial disease may not be diagnosed until after death at an inquest. If a loved one has passed away due to an industrial disease, then contact an industrial disease solicitor straight away and we can then work you to understand if the limitation period is finished or not. Call today on 01616 966 229.

What is industrial disease law?

Industrial disease law falls under personal injury law. The basic premise of this is that if someone or something has caused physical or financial loss injury to you, then this situation should be made fair. This is where compensation comes into play as it can be seen as a way to bring a level of fairness. 

How to claim industrial disease?

If you are suffering from an industrial disease, the best way to start your claim is to contact an industrial disease lawyer as soon as possible. Industrial disease claims are complex, and you will need a team of experienced solicitors at your side. We will assist you and your family throughout the whole process. Every industrial disease claim is different, so we always give a tailored service to our clients. We also work on a no win no fee basis, which means there will be no upfront cost to you and if your claim is unsuccessful then you won’t have to pay a penny. We believe that working in this way means everyone can access justice.

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 01616 966 229.

What if I was working in Scotland when I contracted an industrial disease?

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.

Is COPD an industrial disease?

COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a commonly occurring lung disease in the UK and is a result of lung damage causing the airways to narrow. In short, yes, COPD can be classed as an industrial disease due to it commonly occurring in people that have worked in industries coal mining, brick making and welding. The illness is usually a result of chemicals and dust that are inhaled and if you feel that you may be suffering as a result of your past line of work, you can get in touch with Stephensons to begin your claim today.

Is osteoarthritis an industrial disease?

Yes, you can suffer osteoarthritis as a result of your line of work and if you believe this might have happened to you, you could be eligible for compensation. Osteoarthritis affects the joints and so any jobs that involve operating machinery, bending repeatedly or regularly lifting and carrying heavy objects could potentially cause this painful industrial disease.

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