At Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, we have the experience and expertise to help you pursue your occupational disease claim. It is crucial that you choose the right solicitor to handle your case because the issues involved can be complex and the amount of damages involved high.
The term occupational disease describes several conditions such as:
- Hearing Loss – NIHL
- Non-Freezing Cold Injury – NFCI
- Heat Injury
- Exposure to Asbestos
- Mental Health or Psychological Conditions inc PTSD
In addition if you suffer from any of the following occupation related conditions you may also be able to claim against your employer, whether current or past;
Occupational Deafness/Hearing Loss claims
Occupational deafness is usually caused by repeated exposure to excessive levels of noise at work though it can also be caused by a one time exposure to a very loud noise. Permanent hearing damage can result and the exposure may also cause tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ear).
Exposure to Asbestos
There are different illnesses and conditions that can develop following exposure to asbestos. The most common are:
- Pleural thickening – this is where membrane surrounding the lungs becomes scarred and thickened because of the inhalation of asbestos fibres and as the thickening becomes more widespread it may cause respiratory difficulties and it can also be a warning sign that the sufferer has been exposed to asbestos in the past and is at risk of developing a more serious asbestos related illness.
- Asbestosis – this is a disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibres usually over a long period of time which causes lung fibrosis or scarring and thickening to the lung tissue.
- Lung Cancer – It is well known that lung cancer is associated with smoking however it can also be caused by inhaling asbestos fibres. Someone who smokes and who has been exposed to asbestos is most at risk
- Mesothelioma – this is a type of cancer only caused by exposure to asbestos. It can be found in either the abdomen, the heart or more commonly the lungs. Sadly, it is a terminal illness.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
If you have worked with tools or equipment that transmit vibration such as jack hammers, air chisels, jigger picks and grinders to name a few and you have developed symptoms in your hands and fingers like blanching (whitening) numbness, tingling and loss of nerve function, you may be suffering from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome or some other vibration induced condition and you could be entitled to claim compensation. This condition may be known to you as Raynaud’s disease or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
Repetitive Strain Injury
This is not a medically recognised condition in its own right rather it is a term used to describe a range of separate conditions caused by repetitive movements or overuse for example keyboard users, factory assembly line workers or textile workers.
You may hear it described as tenosynovitis, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, de quervains tenosynovitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, injuries which involve the upper arms, hands and wrists.
Other forms of repetitive work can affect the lower limbs, such as beat knee, housemaids knee and can arise from such occupations as carpet fitting, or building site work.
Very often people can suffer a strain to their back if they are repetitively lifting at work, and these injuries would usually arise from manually handling in such occupations as shopwork, factory work, or distribution work.
Any work which involves you carrying out the same task which leads to an injury may fall within this class of injury. The symptoms can therefore affect most parts of the body where a joint is involved. If you have such an injury and your work has been repetitive, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Asthma is a common respiratory condition which affects many people. This condition can be caused by exposure to fumes or dust within the workplace like wood dust, chemicals, glues, plastic fumes and welding substances. It is not essential that you know what the substance is, but if you have been diagnosed with asthma or some other respiratory disease which you consider is linked to exposure to substances at work then you may be entitled to claim compensation
Dermatitis can be caused by direct exposure to substances in the workplace that can cause irritation to the skin and lead to chapped, blistering and painful skin. Hospitals, beauty salons, the printing industry, the cleaning industry, chemical and engineering industries, motor industry, aircraft industry, shipbuilding industry are all workplaces where you could have been exposed to substances that cause skin irritation or dermatitis. If you have been diagnosed with dermatitis and you have been exposed to irritants at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
If you have developed any of these illnesses or conditions, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Please remember that you may still be able to pursue your claim even if your place of work no longer exists as it may have been some time since the exposure occurred. You need to act quickly and contact us straight away because you may only have a limited amount of time left to make your claim.
To discuss your claim free of charge with our award winning team contact us on 0800 124 4444 or start your claim now.
In addition to a legal claim for compensation you may be able to make a claim under the non fault Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) which covers all regular and reserve personnel whose injury, ill health or death was caused by service on or after the 6th April 2005.