Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors
If you have been diagnosed as having an industrial disease, such as repetitive strain injury (RSI), a hernia or a respiratory condition, our specialist industrial disease solicitors can help.
Our personal injury solicitors can advise you on starting a claim and will support you throughout the claims process and beyond, ensuring that you and your loved ones get the compensation you deserve.
What is an industrial disease?
‘Industrial disease’ is an umbrella term for almost any illness or health condition caused by exposure to dangerous substances or unsafe conditions in the workplace.
The most common types of industrial disease or injury, and the ones you have most likely heard of, are RSI, asbestos disease, skin conditions such as dermatitis, and Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
Your employer has a duty of care to protect their employees’ health, safety and well-being in the workplace. If they fail to do so, and you suffer from injury or a condition as a result, you may be eligible to make an industrial disease claim against your employer.
Time limits for making an industrial disease claim
As with other personal injury claims, you have three years from the date of knowledge of your injury to claim. The date of knowledge will be from when you knew you had the injury and that it was capable of being attributable to your employment.
With industrial disease claims, the date of knowledge can be years after the employment comes to an end, for example, in asbestos claims. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on time limits and whether you are eligible to start a claim for an industrial injury.
Get in touch with our industrial disease solicitors today
Our specialist personal injury lawyers work with clients all over the UK from our six offices across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Bishopston, Clifton, Kingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury.
Our industrial disease claims expertise
Our personal injury solicitors specialise in helping those who have suffered as a result of industrial injury to claim compensation. We work with clients all over the UK from our six offices across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury law, and are recognised by the top client guides to the legal profession for our expertise. Our personal injury lawyers are band 3 ranked by Chambers and Partners UK, and tier 3 ranked for the South West by Legal 500.
We offer practical and sensitive support throughout the claims process, from the moment you first speak to our personal injury team to when your compensation claim is settled.
You will be assigned a dedicated solicitor specialising in industrial disease claims, who is supported by a team of experienced paralegals and legal secretaries. As well as acting on your behalf, our solicitors will ensure you have access to any support services you need for your ongoing treatment or rehabilitation.
Our industrial disease and injury expertise includes:
- Manual handling injuries, including Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULD)
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Vibration injuries
- Exposure to chemicals/dusts, leading to skin or respiratory conditions such as Dermatitis and Asthma
Manual handling injuries
Manual handling injuries happen in almost every workplace; from lifting heavy boxes in an office, to moving machinery in a factory. Typical manual handling injuries include:
- back and neck injuries;
- internal injuries;
- muscular damage or injuries; and
- aggravation of existing conditions or injuries.
In line with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure adequate measures such as providing training or lifting hoists are in place to avoid these handling injuries from happening.
If your employer has failed to provide adequate equipment and training and you have sustained a manual handling injury at work, you may be able to start a compensation claim against your employer.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) claims
Repetitive strain injury occurs when the same task is repeated over and over again. For example, repetitive use of computer equipment on a poorly designed desk layout, use of operating machinery, repetitive manual handling tasks and on production lines.
The most common types of RSI are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Tenosynovitis (Trigger Finger)
Common signs of RSI include stiffness, pain, cramp and numbness in the affected part of your body. The symptoms of RSI can seriously affect your well-being and quality of life, so if you believe you have suffered repetitive strain injury as a result of your employer failing in their duty of care, you could be eligible to make a claim for RSI.
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Vibration White Finger (VWF) claims
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is the term used for a group of vibration-related industrial injuries, including Vibration White Finger (VWF), Whole Body Vibration (WBV) and Dupuytrens Contracture.
Vibration injuries are caused by prolonged use of handheld vibration tools such as power drills used on building and construction sites. The main symptoms of HAVS and VWF injuries are tingling in the fingers, loss of strength in the hands and experiencing ‘white fingers’ in the cold. These types of industrial injuries can be extremely uncomfortable and can affect people’s well-being far beyond the workplace.
Your employer has a responsibility to ensure the time you spend using vibrating tools or machinery is limited. If you feel that your employer has failed to do so, and you have suffered as a result, you can speak to our industrial disease solicitors about starting a claim.
Dermatitis and other skin conditions
Occupational dermatitis is a generic term used to describe skin irritation in the workplace. Also known as eczema, dermatitis can be caused by a whole host of different factors, from constant exposure to sun to extensive contact with chemicals. The more severe examples of occupational dermatitis are where irritants such as chemicals, degreasers and cleaning products, come into contact with the skin and lead to hives or even skin cancer.
These skin conditions can often be avoided by your employer providing gloves or other barrier products such as protective clothing. If you have suffered from dermatitis or any other skin condition in the workplace, your employer could be required to provide you with compensation for failure to issue you with suitable PPE (personal protective equipment).
Occupational asthma is a respiratory condition which affects the lungs, causing breathing problems. Allergic occupational asthma is the most common type; this is caused by breathing in chemical fumes, gasses or other airborne substances on the job.
Irritant-induced asthma occurs when you breathe in airborne chemicals in the form of gas, vapour or smoke. Although less common, even brief exposure can be extremely dangerous.
Employers should protect workers from breathing in these harmful particles by providing protective gear such as face masks. If you believe your employer has failed to do so, and you have been diagnosed with occupational asthma, our industrial disease solicitors can help you start a claim.
No win, no fee industrial disease claims
We offer a ‘no win, no fee’ consultation with a member of our specialist personal injury team. This is to discuss your options and how best to fund your industrial disease claim.
Contact our industrial disease claims solicitors
If you have suffered injury or a condition as a result of your employment, our industrial disease claims solicitors are here to help. To speak to a us about starting a claim, call us on 0117 325 2929 or fill out our online enquiry form.