Industrial injuries contribute significantly to the number of claims in the UK every year. Your employer has a duty of care to make your working environment as safe as they can. If you have had an injury due to poor working conditions, contact The Compensation Experts. We can help you claim the compensation you may be entitled to. Our panel of solicitors have years of experience, so they can help you make an industrial injury claim.
What is an industrial injury claim?
There is a broad range of conditions that can be classed as an industrial disease. Some of the common cases we handle include:
The health risks we associate with asbestos are now widely known. But decades ago it was a common building material. Employees were exposed to unacceptable levels of risk without employers informing them of the dangers, or providing them with adequate protection. Asbestosis and Asbestos Mesothelioma are potentially fatal injuries where victims, or their next of kin if they are deceased, can claim compensation. They can even claim decades after the unprotected contact with asbestos.
Get in touch with us to make a claim if you have had a diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease within the last 3 years. Or, if you are claiming for somebody who has passed away from an asbestos-related disease, if they have passed away in the last three years.
Vibration White Finger (VWF), also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), is an injury that affects thousands of workers in the UK. It affects blood circulation and vessels, muscles, nerves and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. The continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery and tools causes this condition.
People who suffer from VWF often have tingling, whiteness or numbness in the fingers. As the condition worsens, they may lose feeling in their whole finger. The finger may also turn white. Exposure to cold temperatures usually makes symptoms worse.
Have you regularly used vibrating tools, equipment or machinery and noticed these symptoms in the last 3 years? If so, get in touch today to discuss a potential compensation claim.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition which can have a detrimental effect on anyone it affects. It impacts your wrists and hands, and causes weakness, numbness and tingling. The cause of the pain and restriction of movement is compression of the nerve that travels through the wrist.
Workers most likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome are those who perform heavy lifting and repetitive hand movements for 5 or more years. Because vibration tools can cause this condition, it is also linked to HAVS. If vibration causes carpal tunnel, it is also referred to as ‘vibration-induced carpal tunnel syndrome.’
It is your employer’s responsibility to reduce your risk of developing this condition. If they fail to take appropriate action and you have had a diagnosis within the last 3 years, you may have a claim.
Exposure to chemicals can cause the skin to become itchy and inflamed. Called industrial dermatitis or occupational dermatitis. Contact with hazardous chemicals (Irritant Contact Dermatitis) or a sensitive reaction (Allergy Contact Dermatitis) causes the damage. Anyone who has regular contact with chemicals like chlorine are at risk of getting industrial dermatitis.
Symptoms of industrial dermatitis include itching, swelling, blisters, flaky or dry skin, and a stinging or burning sensation. The condition can usually be treated easily and cured quickly. However, when it is not, you may be entitled to claim work-related dermatitis compensation.
Asthma is not only a condition that children develop. We have helped adults who have the condition due to exposure to contaminated air at work. Causes of this contamination include dust, dangerous fumes or gas. Symptoms of occupational asthma include:
- shortness of breath
- the sensation that your chest is being squeezed,
- asthma attacks
Work-aggravated asthma is when someone’s job makes their existing asthma worse. Asthma UK say that up to 15% of the new diagnosis of asthma in adults is occupational asthma. Employees this commonly affects are bakers and cabinet makers. They work in areas where there is a significant amount of flour or wood dust in the air. It can also affect those who work with animals or agriculture, hairdressers, and people who work with metals, such as those in the electronics manufacturing industry.
The cause of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is repeating the same activity or motion over a prolonged period. It can happen as easily to those who use keyboards and computers as it can to people who work in production. RSI typically affects the upper body and can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands.
Examples of RSI include: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis. The condition can also cause pain but no visible symptoms. It is sometimes called non-specific pain syndrome. Both types of RSI can have a debilitating effect on a sufferer, and where you can prove the cause of the condition is employer negligence, compensation may be paid.
Work-related hearing loss is most common amongst clients who work in an industrial setting. It can also affect those who work in call centres and agriculture. Employers should ensure staff who work in a noisy environment have access to adequate protection. Their responsibility is clearly outlined in The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Therefore there is no reason for them not to follow Health and Safety procedures.
Prolonged exposure to noises over 80 decibels or a single exposure to a sudden loud (over 118 decibels) noise can also cause industrial deafness. This latter condition is typically referred to as acoustic shock or acoustic trauma. It is particularly prevalent in claims from call centre workers who do not have a noise limiting headset.
What is an Industrial Accident Claim?
You may have grounds to make an industrial accident claim if you have been injured in the course of carrying out your regular duty. Even if your actions caused the injury, if you have not had adequate training or you do not have the correct tools or safety equipment, then they are liable for damages.
Typical examples of industrial compensation claims for industrial accidents include:
- Electric shock
- Eye injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Fractured bones and dislocated joints
- Back and spinal damage
- Muscle strain
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falls from height
- Exposure to dangerous substances
- Chemical burns
The laws around health and safety in the workplace are very clear, and it is against the law for your employer not to follow them. Ignorance of their obligations towards employees is no excuse.
Industrial accident claims are a specialist area of personal injury law. Often, the damage does not show until years after– for example, someone who develops industrial deafness or a disease related to Asbestos. At The Compensation Experts, we work with lawyers who have years of experience in handling industrial injury compensation claims. After your initial consultation with our advisors, if you are eligible, we will match you with the lawyer who suits your circumstances.
What is a Workplace Accident?
If you have had an accident at work that was not your fault, talk to a legal advisor at The Compensation Experts. There is extensive legislation to protect workers in the UK. Whether you are the CEO of a blue-chip organisation in the capital or a school cleaner, you are entitled to work in an environment where your employer takes all reasonable precautions to minimise the risk of injury.
Of all the accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive in a year, almost 25% of them have an unknown cause. The most common other causes are:
- Slips, trips and falls
- A moving object hitting a person
- Manual lifting
Workplace injuries can range from broken fingers to lost limbs. They may even cause death. An example of a successful workplace injury compensation claim is a stack of falling pallets hitting a woman. She suffered a back injury which took more than six months to heal. She had to reduce her hours and responsibilities, as she had to spend a lot of time on her feet as part of her job. Her initial offer was for £2,000 from her employer’s insurance company. They raised this to £4,000 after her lawyer approached them. Eventually the case settled out of court for nearly £10,000.
Claiming Compensation for Industrial Injury or Industrial Accident
Nearly 40,000 accidents in the construction and manufacturing industries are reported to the HSE every year. We can help you claim compensation if you can prove your employer was negligent. This can be from them not ensuring the safety of your workplace, or not giving you adequate safety equipment and training so you can carry out your job safely.
Get in touch today if you believe your industrial injury or workplace injury was avoidable. We can talk to you in detail about your particular circumstances, and offer free no-obligation advice. We can let you know whether you may have grounds for a successful claim and whether it is in your best interest to do so.
As the claimant, you have to prove the cause of your accident was at least partially due to another person’s error. We will help you do that by:
- researching the circumstances around your injury and working environment,
- obtaining medical and industry expert reports if applicable,
- and contacting witnesses to help build a strong case to support your claim.
We will use this evidence not only to prove you are entitled to compensation but also to show the extent of your physical, emotional and financial suffering. We do this to ensure you get a fair amount.
Once they have done their investigation, your employer’s insurance company will either offer compensation or deny liability. Offers at this stage are typically lower than would be considered acceptable. Our role here is to advise you whether an offer is good and, if you choose not to accept it, negotiate with the other party for maximum compensation you may be entitled to.
Compensation is calculated by looking at general and special damages. General damages account for the physical or psychological trauma you suffer, including your prognosis for recovery. Special damages account for any financial expense your accident causes. This includes paying for prescriptions, having private medical care, and the cost of any additional nursing or care support you need. You must prove all of these so make sure you keep every receipt. If you are not sure whether an expense comes under special damages, ask your claims lawyer.
General damages can also include loss of earnings while you are recovering. Special damages may include a prediction of lost earnings if your injury is so severe you can’t continue working in the same role.
With the right legal support, the vast majority of industrial compensation claims don’t go to court. This saves claimants both money and time. If the other party refuse liability or you can’t agree on an acceptable amount of compensation, we may recommend you submit your claim to court. You must do this within three years of the date of your injury, or when you linked your symptoms to your job. Negotiations will continue even when you have a court date. It is not uncommon for the parties to settle hours before a claim goes to court.
Things to Consider When Claiming Industrial Injury Compensation
Making a compensation claim is not a simple process, though you can make it easier if you remember the following points
- Every employer should have a process for reporting accidents. Report your condition as soon as possible and request a copy for your records.
- Write down as much as you can recall about the environment that caused your accident or injury.
- Keep all your receipts, payslips, and details of any money you have to spend for anything related to your injury, as reasonable expenses can be included in your compensation payment.
Your lawyer can advise you whether an amount is fair or not. But only you can decide whether to accept it. Be aware that doing so is final. If your injury turns out to be worse than you initially thought, you can’t make a secondary claim. Expert legal advice is not to accept an offer without having a professional medical assessment and prognosis.
How we can help
Talk to an experienced advisor before deciding whether or not to proceed with a claim. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to answer any initial question you have about the process of claiming. We can give you the information you need to make an informed choice about if and how to proceed.
At The Compensation Experts, we believe that professional legal representation should be available to everyone. That is why we offer a No Win No Fee* agreement to minimise any financial risk associated with making a claim. *conditions apply
Whatever you decide, The Compensation Experts will do our best to help, so you can move on from your accident and live the life you deserve.
Contact us today and see how we can help you start your compensation claim.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this include industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In this case you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
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We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
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Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our panel of personal injury law firms are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
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Each client has their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish. They will also be there every step of the way. The client has a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
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