Industrial Disease FAQs
Why choose IBB?IBB have a dedicated team of very experienced Specialist Industrial Disease Lawyers which includes members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer.
What is an Industrial Disease?Industrial disease include such conditions as Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Vibration induced hearing loss, Asbestosis, Pleural thickening, mesothelioma and dermatitis to name but a few. They can also include other conditions attributable to exposure to toxins and carcinogenics such as blood cancer and bladder cancer. If you have been diagnosed with a condition and are unsure whether or not it could be related to your employment then it is worth asking your doctor, if it is you may be entitled to compensation
How Much Compensation Will I get?The amount of compensation you will receive if your claim succeeds will depend on a number of factors including the severity of the industrial disease you have suffered, the impact the disease has on your day to day life. Any valuation will be based upon the specialist medical opinion obtained in support of your claim as every case is viewed on its individual circumstances – no two claims are the same.
I Cannot Afford to Pay Legal Fees. Can I still claim?It is frequently the case that cases are funded by what is colloquially known as “no win, no fee” agreements, which means you do not to have to worry about having to pay legal fees to bring a claim. Furthermore, you can protect yourself from not having to pay the other side’s legal costs if you lose, by taking out a policy of insurance, which costs nothing if you lose. Therefore, you can bring claim without having to worry about paying legal fees either to IBB or the other party.
How Long Will My Case Take?Every case is different. The time to settle the case will be determined by a number of factors including whether or not liability is admitted by the defendants, whether the insurers for a potential defendant can be easily traced. The time a claim will take to settle will also depend on the type of condition and most often the stance adopted by your opponent; we would hope to conclude a straight forward disease case in between 12 and 18 months
Are you prepared to visit us at home if necessary?Yes. We will do this whenever we both consider it will be useful to meet to discuss the case. We will meet during the day, in the evenings, or at weekends.
Can we phone you if we have any problems?Yes. If your lawyer is not here, then one of our assistants can take a message and we will call back. You will have our landline and mobile contact numbers.
Will you keep in regular contact with us, and how will this be done?We will keep in regular contact, advising regularly on the progress of the case and identifying milestones. We will set out what we have to do to win the case. We will write, either letter or e mail, whatever you prefer.
My former employer is no longer trading can I still claimYes, any compensation will be paid by the insurer for the employer at the time of your employment. Provided we are able to trace the insurer your claim can proceed.
I haven’t worked for the company I think caused my condition for a number of years. Can I still claim?This will depend on what kind of disease you are claiming for. In a claim for injuries arising from an accident you have 3 years from the date of the accident to commence Court proceedings. However in a disease case the condition caused by work can often take years to develop. In the event of a slow developing condition caused by work, your time limit would start from the day you were made aware that your condition was significant and has been linked to your previous employment. If you are unsure about this and would like to discuss this further please call us again all cases are different and the advice you will be given will be based on your own individual circumstances.
Will I have to go to court?People are naturally worried about having to go to court we understand that this can be an uncomfortable experience. However it is very rare for a claim of this type to reach Court as most cases settling beforehand. If in the unlikely event you do have to go to court we will provide you with all the support necessary and will make sure we do all the hard work.