What is Industrial Disease?
Industrial disease as a broad term relates to work related health conditions that are acquired in an industrial working environment. Industrial disease includes many different health conditions that essentially cover all parts of the body, for example Noise Induced Hearing Loss or Occupational Asthma. Not to be confused with personal injury, industrial disease is primarily focused on conditions that affect people in industrial working environments such as mining, steelworks and factory work.
How do I Know if i Have an Industrial Disease?
Many people are unaware that their injury or condition from work is related to industrial disease. People often associate industrial disease with a more severe condition however it does cover nearly all health issues that could affect an individual at work. Below we have listed all the work related conditions that relate to industrial disease.
- Asbestosis & Mesothelioma (Lungs, breathing)
- Occupational Dermatitis (Skin, hands and arms)
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss (Ears, ringing and buzzing)
- Repetitive Strain Injury (Hands + Arms, numbness and tingling)
- Cumulative Back Injury (Back, constricted movement, sharp pain)
- Occupational Asthma (Lungs, breathing problems, aggravated asthma)
- Vibration White Finger (Fingers/hands, whitening, numbness)
It also helps to identify what types of working environments are classed as industrial. Below we have noted some of the most common industries where industrial disease can be found, however the list is non-exhaustive.
- Public Sector
- Factory & Warehouse Work
If you suffer from any of the above conditions and have worked in an industrial environment you will be able to potentially make a claim for industrial disease. As we explained before these lists are non-exhaustive so if you have an injury or condition with relates to work we still suggest you contact us to see the options available to you. We also recommend you notify your employer of your injury as well as obtaining a diagnosis from your GP.
Industrial Disease Compensation
Industrial disease compensation was first introduced in the early 80’s following on from health and safety reforms. Compensation for industrial disease varies from person to person and depends solely on the severity of the injury in question. Often compensation for industrial disease helps people with their injury by allowing them to make adjustments to their lifestyle to accommodate for their new situation. For example someone who suffers from a back injury may use the compensation to make changes to the house or buying a new car to help with their pain.
There are strict time limits on when you can make a claim for industrial disease so we would recommend you contact us as soon as possible to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
If you would like to find out more about compensation amounts for industrial disease please click here for a rundown of typical claim amounts.
How do I Start an Industrial Disease Claim
If you have suffered from an industrial disease related condition then please contact us on 0808 250 7622. Or alternatively fill in a contact enquiry form on the right of this page. We have specialist, award winning solicitors in every field of industrial disease meaning you have the best people dealing with your claim. Roberts Jackson Solicitors also offer all our clients a No Win No Fee agreement meaning you have the financial security to make your claim in confidence.