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The term ‘industrial disease’ is used to describe a condition or illness which has developed after an exposure to a dangerous substance in the workplace or unsafe working conditions.
Industrial related diseases are often severe and can even be fatal. There are many different types of industrial diseases you can develop after being exposed to hazardous substances or dangerous conditions at work.
Symptoms of Industrial related diseases can take months or even years to manifest. All employers have a duty to ensure working environments are safe which include ensuring that any long term health risks are avoided. At Amelius we have a small and specialist team who are here to help bring a compensation claim against the employer responsible and/or their insurance company.
Below is a list of different type of industrial disease claims that you can bring.
Types of Industrial Disease Claims
- Asbestos Related Disease
Asbestos Related Diseases can take various forms including Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Asbestos related lung cancer and Pleural Thickening. These often serious conditions can take many years to manifest in the form of symptoms and can have a devastating impact on both the victim and their family.
- Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is a painful and potentially disabling condition that affects the blood vessels and nerves in the fingers. Typical symptoms include attacks of severe tingling/numbness in the fingers which can cause significant manual dexterity problems.
- Whole Body Vibration (WBV)
Whole Body Vibration is a chronic condition caused by long term exposure to vibrations in working environments such as construction, mining or maritime. The most severe injuries are seen as a result of slamming events, include fractures to vertebrae and rupture of intervertebral discs.
- Industrial Dermatitis
Industrial Dermatitis is an inflammation/irritation of the skin caused by contact with a hurtful agent or environmental factor. Typical materials that give rise to a risk of the condition include solvents, detergents and fuels.
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (also known as industrial deafness) is a hearing disorder that is caused either by continued exposure to high intensity noise or a one off acoustic trauma. The condition is permanent and typically affects the higher frequencies of the hearing range.
- Occupational Respiratory Disease
Occupational Respiratory Disease is collective term for a range of conditions caused by work related exposure to harmful substances such as dust and gasses. There are many types of work related respiratory conditions including Industrial Asthma, Silicosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Emphysema. Specific types of working operations such as grinding, drilling or polishing can materially increase the risk of developing one or more of these diseases.
We will firstly write to the HMRC to request your work history schedule. We then investigate into all possible Defendants. Once the Defendant(s) have been located, the Claim is notified to the third party insurers. They have 21 days to acknowledge receipt and 4 months thereafter to respond to the claim.
We will obtain a medical report on your behalf. The medical expert will assess your hearing loss and prepare a medical report on your behalf. We will then send this to the defendant who will respond within 15 days. (30 days if compensation recovery unit details are awaited).
We then have 20 days to continue negotiations and thereafter a further 10 days to settle.
If the claim cannot be settled as above then proceedings may be necessary to decide the amount of damages, then court proceedings pack will be completed by the parties and sent to the defendant who has to respond within 5 working days. Thereafter proceedings will be issued upon the defendant who will have 14 days to acknowledge the claim. Thereafter the court will decide the damages awarded.
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