An industrial disease is a chronic condition resulting from your employment. Unfortunately, exposure to hazardous substances and harmful noise is not uncommon in the workplace and the consequence may be a long-term illness or disease.
If you suffer an illness or disease due to poor working conditions or by exposure to a hazardous substance (noise), you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
Types of Industrial Disease and Illnesses
There are a number of contractible diseases and illness that can be caused by your workplace. Below are some that we can help with:
Vibration White Finger
Vibration White Finger often affects people who operate hand-held vibrating tools such as, grinders, jack hammers, windy drills or picks or any pneumatic tool. Symptoms of the condition include pins and needles, a tingling sensation especially in cold weather, fingers turning white and an inability to grip.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by vibration or repetitive work. Pressure on a nerve in the wrist causes a group of symptoms in the hand, which include pain in fingers, weakness and wasting of muscles in the thumb, pain and loss of power in the arms, wrists and hands.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Occupational Deafness, Industrial Deafness or Noise Induced Hearing Loss as it is sometimes referred to, is a deterioration of a person’s hearing over a prolonged period of time as a result of their working environment.In the United Kingdom, thousands of people have been affected by industrial deafness. Employees can be put at risk in many different industries particularly shipbuilding, coal mining, metal manufacturing and engineering (factory environments) where noisy machinery is used.
What do workers have to prove in disease cases?
In order to be awarded compensation in a disease case, workers have to prove:
That they are suffering from a disease.
That their employer failed to take adequate steps to prevent or reduce the risk of them suffering from the disease.
That their employer knew or should have known that the work undertaken or substance exposed to whilst at work was capable of causing injury to their worker.
That their disease was caused, or was materially contributed to, by their work or substances they were exposed to at work.
Making a Personal Injury Compensation Claim for Industrial Deafness
If you or someone you know has developed occupational deafness or any other industrial illness, telephone us now for accurate claim advice. There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury claim, including claims for occupational deafness. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page. BBH Legal Services are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim for occupational deafness in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.