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Nobody expects to have to work in conditions that pose a threat to their health. Unfortunately, despite increased legislation, many still do. As a result, a number of people suffer from a range of industrial diseases that could have been prevented with safer practices and thorough investigations from the beginning. If you have contracted a disease or fallen ill simply by doing your job, our industrial injury solicitors will ensure your industrial disease claim is in the hands of a professional, fighting for you to get the compensation you deserve.  

Ultimately, your employer is responsible for ensuring that your working environment is safe and does not harm you in any way. Therefore, it is their duty to protect you from toxic chemicals or substances that could potentially cause serious damage to your health, as well as ensuring that any machinery you are operating has undergone rigorous checks. While the last few years have seen a significant improvement to the safety of workplaces around the UK, the issue is still far from resolved. In the year of 2015, 560,000 new industrial disease claims were made. Further to this, over 13,000 people are said to have developed fatal forms of cancer due to toxic chemicals such as asbestos in their working environment. As a result, the number of industrial illness claims are on the rise.

At IBB, our industrial disease claims solicitors believe that anybody whose health has suffered as a result of poor safety practices at work deserve to be compensated. With years of expertise in industrial illness claims, we’ll handle your claim from beginning to end with ease. Our industrial disease claims solicitors are thorough, and will always do our best to secure a fair outcome so you can get your life back on track.

To start your industrial disease claim, call our specialist team on 0333 123 9099 today, or drop us an email at enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk and one of our industrial solicitors will be in touch as soon as possible.

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What is an industrial disease?

An industrial disease is a long-term illness that a person contracts due to prolonged exposure of harmful substances or working in an unsafe environment. These occupational illnesses should not be taken lightly, as the debilitating nature of these industrial diseases can have a huge impact on a person's life, not only physically, but mentally too. Many who suffer from industrial diseases do so as a result of their employer’s negligence, and it is therefore vital to contact a specialist who can start an industrial disease claim on your behalf if you believe that your working environment has played a role in your illness.

What are the most common industrial diseases?

Industrial illnesses come in many forms, and it is therefore important to get a diagnosis from your doctor as early as possible if you are suffering as a result of unsafe conditions at work. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that they have done everything possible in reducing the risk of you developing any of the following conditions:

How can I claim for industrial disease?

Industrial disease claims are complex by nature: unlike personal injury claims which tend to occur due to an isolated incident, a successful industrial illness claims need a detailed investigation to determine the root cause. This takes determination and patience, and most importantly a specialist industrial disease claims solicitor by your side to conduct a thorough investigation.

The aim of the investigation is to find a clear connection between your illness and workplace, and this will be achieved by gathering as much evidence as possible. Firstly, it’s vital that you receive a diagnosis from a doctor and documentation that states your illness. Without the opinion of a medical professional, your claim is less likely to succeed. Receiving it will help you secure the compensation you deserve.

As well as medical records, our industrial claims solicitors will carry out an investigation into the safety of your working environment. This  may involve interviewing colleagues and examining workplace records and history in order to gather as much evidence as possible. Once we have what we need, our team of expert industrial  lawyers will contact the defendant (your employer), submit the claim to them and request compensation.

How much compensation will I get?

Unfortunately, as is the case with most personal injury or industrial disease claims, there is no set amount when it comes to compensation. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the level of evidence we can present against your employer as proof of causation. Our industrial illness solicitors will commit themselves completely to your claim, gathering evidence and medical records to strengthen the claim. At this stage, we will be able to give you an accurate figure in terms of compensation, factoring in your future losses such as drastic lifestyle changes as a result of the disease, as well as the suffering you have already experienced. 

How long do I have to claim for industrial disease?

The industrial injury claim time limit is 3 years from the date of the accident / injury or 3 years from when you knew that your injury was linked to the accident or exposure to a chemical. This is known as the date of knowledge and is useful when a disease takes a long time to show symptoms, such as in asbestosis cases.

As these claims can be complex, we urge you to take action as soon as possible. Time is of the essence in an industrial disease claim as it is linked with the deterioration of your health, a matter that requires immediate action to prevent exacerbation. The earlier you make your claim, the stronger it will be and therefore the more likely you are to receive compensation.

With industrial diseases still prevalent in today's society, it's vital to take action against employers who risk your health on a day-to-day basis. The simple and necessary act of going to work should never lead to prolonged suffering, and our industrial disease solicitors are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. When you come to IBB for help on making an industrial disease claim, we'll provide you with a free initial consultation to discuss your case, and we also offer no-win no-fee agreements.  Contact us today on 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, please email us at enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.