Tinnitus Week and Tinnitus in Industrial Deafness 

This week 7th-13th February is Tinnitus Week, run by the British Tinnitus Association. Tinnitus is one of the main symptoms of industrial deafness, which you may experience because of the job you do. Tinnitus in industrial deafness is most common in industries such as production and construction. However, you can suffer from tinnitus in any job where you work with loud noises. 

What is Tinnitus? 

Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head and/or ear which have no external source. It derives from the Latin word for ringing. The sensation can be constant or intermittent and it can vary in volume. 

The symptoms of tinnitus include  

  • Ringing 
  • Buzzing 
  • Hissing 
  • Droning  
  • Whistling noises in the ear even in silent rooms 

It is not a disease or illness; it is a symptom generated within the auditory system and usually caused by an underlying condition. The noise may be in one or both ears, and it may feel like it is in the head. It is difficult to pinpoint its exact location. It may be low, medium, or high pitched and can be heard as a single noise or as multiple components. 

Tinnitus in Industrial deafness 

Tinnitus is one of the symptoms of industrial deafness. Industrial deafness and noise-induced hearing loss claims are common in construction, manufacturing, and the military, but they can occur in other industries too.  

Industrial deafness develops over years of exposure to excessive noise. It often does not present itself clearly until a victim has left that job.  

Industrial deafness can be caused by: 

  • Working with power tools or machinery without having adequate protective equipment
  • Employers not telling staff about the risks of working with loud noises
  • Working in a noisy environment with inadequate protective equipment 

Health and safety laws clearly state that if a worker is exposed to noise levels of 80 decibels either daily or weekly, then they should receive training about the dangers of noise levels and given access to hearing protection to reduce the risk of hearing damage like industrial deafness. Even with hearing protection, no employee should work where the average noise level is over 87 decibels. Employers therefore have a duty to monitor the sound levels accurately to ensure the working environment is safe. 

The statutory limit for filing most personal injury and industrial disease claims is 3 years. However, because tinnitus symptoms often manifest several years after the exposure, you will have 3 years from the date of your tinnitus diagnosis to make a claim for compensation. 

Claiming Against Your Employer or Former Employer 

All companies in the UK have insurance, and it is the insurance company that settles all workers’ complaints that are related to industrial deafness and tinnitus claims. You will essentially be filing a claim against the insurance company, and they are responsible for compensating you for your work-related tinnitus. Even if a company has ceased trading it may still be possible to file a tinnitus compensation claim. 

How We Can Help with Tinnitus in Industrial Deafness

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with industrial disease claims. This includes tinnitus in industrial deafness. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts. 

The Compensation Experts in 2021

2021 has been a very big year for The Compensation Experts. We started the year by launching our new website after a refresh and have ended the year with our parent company mmadigital receiving private equity funding. We have also helped thousands of people with personal injury, industrial disease, and financial claims throughout the year.

The Compensation Experts 2021

The Compensation Experts 2021: How We Have Helped

During 2021, The Compensation Experts have helped over 7,000 people to make compensation claims. These claims range from personal injury to industrial disease and financial mis-selling.

We have helped over 7,500 people make personal injury claims in 2021. These range from accidents at work, accidents in public and private places, to road traffic accidents. Even with the recent road traffic accident reforms, we have continued to help people with car accident claims.

Accidents at work was the accident type that we helped the most people with during 2021. Almost half of all the people we helped had had accidents at work, with the number standing at over 3,000. The next biggest category was accidents in private places, which we helped over 2,000 people with. We also helped people claim for injuries caused by accidents in public places and on the road.

We have also helped almost 400 people with industrial disease claims. These are people suffering with Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)/ Vibration White Finger (VWF), industrial deafness and more.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience in compensation claims. This includes personal injury, industrial disease, financial claims and more. If you or someone you know have suffered due to personal injury, industrial disease or financial mis-selling, contact us today.

You can contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.

COPD at Work

There is a focus every November on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with World COPD Day taking place on 17th November. COPD is a lifelong condition. This means that COPD at work can be an important aspect of your life if you suffer with the disease.

COPD is a major cause of disability and death; thousands of people die each year from work-related lung diseases and in many cases due to exposures that took place many years before. COPD describes a number of breathing problems where there is damage to the breathing tubes and air sacs within the lung.  Breathing in certain dusts, fumes, chemicals, or gases in the workplace can cause serious long term lung damage.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, 21.9 million working days are lost due to COPD annually.

COPD at Work: What Your Employer Can Do

According to the Health and Safety Executive, 21.9 million working days are lost due to COPD annually. For employers, preventing dusts, fume and irritant gases from getting into the air is usually more effective, simpler, and cheaper, than controlling dust once it is in the air.

Employers can:

  • Use water for wet techniques including cutting, grinding, or blasting and for suppression on dusty roadways.
  • Buy dust-reduced materials. For example pellets, tablets, solutions or pastes, and use pre-weighed material in sealed bags. 
  • Segregate – put dusty machinery in a separate room or automate processes.
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Reduce grinding and sawing and ensure all equipment is maintained to a high standard
  • Keep machines clean
  • Use effective Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)
  • Use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) when required

If your employer fails to do this, you may be able to make a COPD at work claim.

COPD at Work: What You Can Do

Other HSE safety advice states that, as an employee, make it part of your day to:

  • Vacuum clean – don’t use brushes or compressed air
  • Handle materials ‘gently’ – reduce the distance they fall or are thrown
  • Reduce machine speed or power.
  • Improve your work practices – don’t drop material
  • Avoid creating draughts.
  • Control waste – use closed bags or containers
  • Don’t let wet waste dry out and remove it frequently from your workplace.

COPD Outside of work

Outside of COPD at work, there is more guidance from the NHS on how to look after yourself if you have COPD. Some of the guidance includes taking prescribed medicine, including inhalers, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight, stop smoking if you do smoke, being careful of what you breathe, making sure you are prepared for cold weather, and having regular check-ups and reviews.

The breathing problems that arise with COPD tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control. This is why it is important to do all you can to control the disease.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury and industrial disease claims. This includes work-related illnesses due to COPD at work. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable agents.

Health and Safety Executive Cracks Down on Industrial Diseases Caused by Dust

Starting today (4th October), Health and Safety Executive inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch. The focus will be on respiratory risks and occupational lung diseases. This will hopefully crack down on industrial diseases caused by dust.

The inspection initiative will be a month-long effort. It will look at the control measures businesses have in place to protect their workers from construction dust including silica, asbestos and wood dust. This is part of HSE’s longer term health and work strategy to improve health within the construction industry. 

While the primary focus will be on health during this programme of inspections, if an inspector identifies any other areas of concern, including immediate safety risks, they will take the necessary action to deal with them.  

Inspectors will be looking for evidence of employers and workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls. If necessary, they will also use enforcement to make sure people are protected. 

More than 3,500 builders die each year from cancers related to their work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost. 

HSE’s chief inspector of construction, Sarah Jardine, said: “Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made worse by their work than are actually killed in construction accidents. 

“Our inspection initiatives ensure that inspectors are able to speak to duty holders and visit sites to look at the kind of action businesses in the construction industry are taking right now to protect their workers’ health, particularly when it comes to exposure to dust and damage to lungs. These are mature health challenges that the industry ought to be managing effectively.”

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Industrial Diseases Caused by Dust

There are several industrial diseases caused by dust that we deal with here at The Compensation Experts. These include Asbestosis, Asbestos-Induced Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, and Occupational Asthma.

Asbestosis and Asbestos-Induced Lung Cancer

Asbestosis is a disease where the lung tissue hardens. Prolonged and heavy exposure to asbestos dust can cause the disease. Asbestosis is a slowly progressive disease; it usually takes between 15 and 30 years to develop, after initial exposure to asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos also has a strong link with lung cancer.

Mesothelioma

Usually linked to exposure to asbestos fibres, mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. There are more than 2,600 diagnoses each year in the UK; most cases occur in people aged 60 to 80, and it affects men more commonly than women.

Unfortunately, it’s rarely possible to cure mesothelioma, although treatment can help control the symptoms.

Occupational Asthma

Asthma is more than just a condition that develops in childhood. Asthma UK estimates up to 15% of the new diagnosis of asthma in adults is occupational asthma. Susceptible employees include wood dust workers (bakers and cabinet makers), animal and agriculture workers, hairdressers, and people who work with metals or solder flux.

How We Can Help with Industrial Diseases Caused by Dust

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with industrial disease claims. This includes industrial diseases caused by dust. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable agents.

Company Fined after Several Workers Contracted Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

According to recent reports, a construction company in Leeds have been fined after a number of workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). The company reported seven cases of HAVS in an 18-month period. All the workers had been carrying out ground works involving vibrating tools. Many of them had been working in the industry for over 20 years.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that in 2016 the company contracted a new occupational health provider to replace their existing one. The diagnosis of the workers’ conditions resulted from these changes. Prior to the new company taking over the contract, there was no suitable health surveillance in place to identify hand arm vibration syndrome.

Speaking after the hearing, an HSE inspector said: “The company should have undertaken a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to identify the level of vibration employees were exposed to throughout their working day and then put in place appropriate control measures. Furthermore, the company should have put in place suitable health surveillance to identify HAVS in their workforce”

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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, or HAVS, is a medical term that describes injuries which using vibrating machinery causes. Tools like pneumatic drills, sanders and needle guns could cause HAVS – and if you use or have used vibrating tools or machinery in the workplace, you could be at risk from HAVS.

What causes HAVS?

HAVS is usually developed because of prolonged exposure to intense vibration tools over a long period of time. For instance, the following vibrating power tools present a significant amount of risk for developing HAVS:

  • Surface power tools, such as concrete breakers, sanders, grinders, and disc cutters
  • Saws and drills such as chainsaws, or hammer/pneumatic drills
  • Needle guns
  • Any grass maintenance tools, such as power mowers, strimmers or hedge trimmers
  • Any other rotary equipment and tools at work

HAVS Symptoms

One of the issues with HAVs is that it can take a long time to develop, which means it’s easy for symptoms to go unnoticed. But hand arm vibration syndrome can be a debilitating and distressing condition. There’s a wide range of HAVS symptoms, which can range from very minor to quite serious – but they can be easy to miss initially.

  • Whitening in the fingers
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Coldness
  • General weakness in affected areas
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold
  • A loss of manual dexterity

Some of these symptoms are serious enough that they can be cause for their own compensation claims.

HAVS can affect how people can use their hands and arms, limiting mobility for hours at a time. HAVS can also affect your ability to work, particularly because it affects key parts of the body like joints and blood vessels.

How We Can Help with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes industrial disease claims and hand arm vibration syndrome. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

What are the Different Asbestos-Related Illnesses You Can Claim For?

Asbestos was a substance that was widely used in construction until it was banned in the 1980s. We know now that exposure to asbestos is harmful and affects lung function. Because Asbestos was so widely used, there are several asbestos-related illnesses you can claim for, but many people do not know which ones.

Illnesses that are related to asbestos exposure that you can make a claim for include Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Pleural Thickening, and Asbestos-induced lung cancer.

Asbestos illness

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a disease where the lung tissue hardens. It is associated with prolonged and heavy exposure to asbestos dust.

Symptoms of asbestosis include:

  • shortness of breath
  • persistent cough
  • dry crackling noise in your lungs
  • chest pain
  • lack of or difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite and weight loss.

Asbestosis is also a slowly progressive disease. It usually takes between 15 and 30 years to develop, after initial exposure to asbestos. It can cause long term scarring and inflammation in the lungs. This can also result in lung cancer and heart disease.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive type of cancer. Little or intermittent exposure to asbestos fibres often causes it. Similarly to asbestosis, symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • coughing
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite.

The cause of virtually all cases of Mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Once a person receives a diagnosis of Mesothelioma, it is almost always incurable.

Pleural Thickening

Pleural thickening, sometimes known as Diffuse Pleural Thickening or DPT, happens when exposure to harmful asbestos fibres causes scarring and calcification of the lining of the lungs. The main symptoms of pleural thickening are shortness of breath and chest pain.

Pleural thickening can cause a victim to have chest pain or difficulty breathing. This is because the lungs cannot expand and contract as nature intended. Sadly, there is no cure.

All employers, past and present, owe their staff a duty of care to ensure their working environment is safe and staff are not at risk. You may, therefore, be able to claim for an asbestos-related illness if you believe your employer failed in their duty of care. For example, if they did not provide you with the correct safety equipment. Another example is if they did not tell you the dangers associated with working with asbestos.

Asbestos-related illnesses take decades to form and can often have a life-changing effect on all involved. There are also cases where, sadly, a person did not live for very long after they were diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. In this case, a spouse or next of kin may have to make a claim on their behalf.

The law surrounding asbestos illness claims is complex. Therefore, you should get solicitors that specialise in these types of claims.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with industrial disease claims. This includes Asbestos-related illnesses. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Claiming for Occupational Asthma

Asthma is a common condition that affects many people. But if you have asthma that has developed because of your job, then it can be even more inconvenient. Claiming for occupational asthma can help you to deal with your condition.

Asthma UK estimate that 9-15% of all cases of adult asthma are occupational asthma. If you develop new asthma symptoms at work, or your childhood asthma comes back, you could have occupational asthma.

You may be at your workplace for a while before you notice symptoms. This is because it takes a while for your immune system to become sensitive to workplace triggers. But once you’ve become sensitive to a substance at work, it can trigger asthma symptoms the next time you encounter it – even if it’s just in small amounts.

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Occupational Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition that makes it difficult to breathe. The muscles around the airways constrict and tighten, preventing oxygen reaching the lungs. In turn, that affects oxygen dispersal through the rest of the body. More than feeling short of breath, a serious asthma attack can make a victim feel as if they are suffocating. Furthermore, such a feeling can be, in extreme instances, fatal. Occupational asthma is when the condition results from or faces aggravation from poor working conditions.

Dust, pollen, and chemical fumes are all common workplace irritants that can trigger asthma. Over time, inflammation of the bronchial tubes occurs, permanently damaging the lungs in some cases.

By law, employers have an obligation to identify potential asthma risks in the workplace. In summary, employers must take relevant steps to protect their employees from harm. For instance, providing things like effective ventilation and adequate safety equipment.

Industries Where Occupational Asthma is Common

Occupational asthma can happen in any environment that has irritants that can cause asthma. For example, a baker could develop chronic asthma from breathing in flour dust. Other trades where workers are also at risk of developing occupational asthma include:

  • Spray painters.
  • Farmers and agricultural workers.
  • Welders.
  • Carpenters and woodworkers.

Nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers are also at risk of occupational asthma due to natural rubber latex proteins used in the manufacture of gloves worn while doing surgery or performing medical examinations.

Claiming for Occupational Asthma

Claiming for occupational asthma can not only help address the expense of ongoing medical care, but it can also be a way of acknowledging the physical damage victims endure. Some people who develop occupational asthma need a change of job role where they work, or even to change jobs altogether.

It’s understandable to be worried about losing your job, or income, if your job role changes due to a diagnosis of occupational asthma. This is where claiming for occupational asthma can help; it can help pay for any asthma equipment you may need, such as inhalers, and can help you if you can no longer do the same job because of the condition.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with industrial disease claims. This includes claims for occupational asthma. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Living With Vibration White Finger/Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Vibration White Finger/Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome is a condition that affects the hands and fingers. Using vibrating tools at work can cause it. It is preventable, however, once there is enough damage, it is permanent. Therefore, living with Vibration White Finger/Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome is a reality for most people who are diagnosed with the condition.

Causes of Vibration White Finger/Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Vibration White Finger (also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome) is caused using vibrating tools over a long period of time. This can be a part of your job, but if you did not have the adequate protection whilst at work and you have Vibration White Finger, then you may be able to make a claim.

Some of the tools that can give off enough vibration to cause VWF include jackhammers, grinders, breakers, jigsaws, and hand held power tools. This list is not exhaustive, and any power tool has the potential to cause VWF.

As people who use power tools for a living will be particularly susceptible to VWF as they are using them daily for long periods of time, employers have a duty to inform employees of the risks associated with the work and to provide adequate safety equipment, such as vibration-absorbing gloves.

Other ways to help prevent VWF include:

  • Taking regular breaks from using vibrating tools
  • Ensuring tools have a regular maintenance schedule and are in good order
  • Undertaking training to ensure you are using tools in the correct way
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Living with Vibration White Finger/Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

There is no cure for VWF/HAVS, so many people find themselves having to live with the condition. According to SRUK, a charity for those suffering with the condition, the key to managing the condition is to try and prevent an attack of the symptoms. They state that the best ways to do this include:

  • Keeping warm
  • Relaxing and pacing yourself
  • Try to steer clear of stressful situations
  • Avoid vasoconstricting drugs (nasal decongestants, agents used to treat ADHD, some medications used to treat migraines
  • See the Doctor, as they can prescribe certain medicines to help with the condition

VWF may not be the most debilitating industrial disease, but it can still affect how people can use their hands, as it can limit mobility for hours at a time. If you have Vibration White Finger, then you may be able to claim compensation.

Claiming for VWF/HAVS

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 stipulates employers have a responsibility to protect their employees. Additionally, the law places a duty on employers to minimise the risks common to hand-operated vibration machinery including power tools. Therefore, your employer should take steps to reduce the risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome.

How we Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with industrial disease claims. This includes Vibration White Finger/Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Accidents that Cause Deafness

There are many types of accidents that cause deafness. Some of the most common include industrial deafness, noise-induced hearing loss and head injuries. Industrial deafness and noise-induced hearing loss build up over time, whereas head injuries are usually more instant.

The severity of deafness and whether the deafness is permanent is a big factor in accidents that cause deafness, as both of these have different implications. If you have had an accident that has caused deafness, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

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Industrial Deafness

Industrial deafness occurs when a person works in a noisy environment for a prolonged period with inadequate or no hearing protection. There are several industries where industrial deafness or noise-induced hearing loss are common. There include construction, manufacturing, and military.

Health and safety laws clearly state that if a worker is exposed to noise levels of 80 decibels either daily or weekly, then they should receive training about the dangers of noise levels and given access to hearing protection. Even with hearing protection, no employee should work where the average noise level is over 87 decibels. Employers have a duty to monitor the sound levels accurately to ensure the working environment is safe. There are laws in place to make sure that at-risk workers are protected in workplaces with high noise levels. Employers should take steps to meet the terms in The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

The Compensation Experts can also help with acoustic shock claims. Unlike industrial deafness, which usually occurs after prolonged exposure to loud noise, acoustic shock comes from a sudden noise. For example, a call centre worker may be affected due to a broken headset, or a sound engineer may be harmed by a technical fault. Acoustic shock does not cause hearing loss, but it does cause sensitivity to loud noise and recurring tinnitus.

Head Injuries

Another accident type that can cause deafness are accidents that cause head injuries. These injuries can come from numerous types of accident, including road traffic accidents, falls from height, assault, and accidents at work.

Suffering a head or brain injury can be a life-changing and traumatic event. Both for the person suffering the injury and their friends and family too. Often this kind of injury can leave people needing constant care and special equipment to help them get by. 

Claiming Compensation for Accidents that Cause Deafness

There are many reasons to claim compensation for accidents that cause deafness. You may have to make changes to your day-to-day life, you may have to pay for hearing aids, or you may even have to have surgery. Compensation can help with the financial aspect of accidents that cause deafness. This means you have one less thing to worry about.

We know that when you have an accident the last thing you may think about is making a claim. However, if you have had an accident that someone else was to blame for, then the solicitors we work with can help you claim the compensation you may be entitled to.

How We Can Help with Accidents that Cause Deafness

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury and industrial disease claims. This includes accidents that cause deafness, and industrial deafness. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Retired window cleaner died of asbestos illness

A retired window cleaner died from an industrial disease, according to a recent report. Sidney Curtis, 90, died at his home in Sheringham on December 31 last year. The cause of his death was an asbestos illness; mesothelioma and ischemic heart disease.

At an inquest into his death held at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on Friday, March 26 an assistant coroner for Norfolk, said he was a retired owner of a window cleaning company. The court heard how Mr Curtis had gone to his GP in March 2020, complaining of chest pains that had first developed the previous year. Following a number of tests, Mr Curtis was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in April 2020.

In a statement, Lisa Harvey, Mr Curtis’ daughter said her family were not sure when her father had come into contact with asbestos, but it was most likely during his time in the cleaning industry.

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Asbestos-Related Illness Claims

Asbestos was widely used in the UK as a building material from the 1940s until the 1980s. It was then banned. We now know that Asbestos is incredibly harmful to lung function. Working with asbestos without the right protection can lead to life-shortening illnesses. These include asbestosis, asbestos-induced lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural thickening. If you or a loved one has an asbestos-related disease, then you may be able to claim.

Mesothelioma Related Illness Claims

Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive type of cancer. Little or intermittent exposure to asbestos fibres often causes it. Similarly to asbestosis, symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • coughing
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite.

The cause of virtually all cases of Mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.

All employers, past and present, owe their staff a duty of care to ensure their working environment is safe and staff are not at risk. You may be able to claim for an asbestos-related illness if you believe your employer failed in their duty of care. For example, if they did not provide you with the correct safety equipment. Another example is if they did not tell you the dangers associated with working with asbestos.

Asbestos-related illnesses take decades to form and often have a life-changing effect on all involved. The law surrounding asbestos illness claims is complex. Therefore, you should get solicitors that specialise in these types of claims.

How we can help with asbestos illness claims

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with a group of select legal firms who specialise in the law surrounding mesothelioma and other asbestos related claims. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Asbestos and Lung Cancer

November is lung cancer awareness month here in the UK, and as we know, there is a link between Asbestos and lung cancer; working with Asbestos for a prolonged period can heighten the risk of developing the disease. A study in 2020 found that Asbestos is responsible for 37.5% of all occupational lung cancer cases.

It is more important than ever to go and see a doctor if you experience any of the symptoms of lung cancer. This is especially true if you have worked with Asbestos in the past.

Asbestos and Lung Cancer

In the past, the use of Asbestos was very common. However, we now know that it can cause serious illnesses. Asbestos and lung cancer are linked because of this fact, as lung cancer is one of the conditions that can develop after working with the substance.

Lung cancer from exposure to Asbestos can take years to develop. Many people with the disease do not start showing symptoms until at least 15 years after working with Asbestos. Because of this, many people think that it is too late to make a claim, but that is not always the case.

Examples of other conditions that exposure to Asbestos can cause include Asbestosis, mesothelioma, and pleural plaques.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a serious disease where the lung tissue hardens. It is a slowly progressive disease, usually taking between 15 and 30 years to develop. It is associated with long-term exposure to Asbestos fibres.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer. The cause of this disease is exposure to Asbestos fibres. It develops in the lining of the lungs, and it most commonly affects men aged between 60 and 80. Unfortunately, it is rarely possible to cure the disease, treatment can usually only help control the symptoms.

Symptoms of Asbestos-Induced Lung Cancer

The symptoms of lung cancer caused by exposure to Asbestos are similar to the symptoms for lung cancer. These include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden weight or appetite loss

If you develop any of these symptoms, it is best to go and see a doctor straight away, because the condition may be worse than you think.

Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else

Sadly, it is often the case that you may have to claim on behalf of a loved one. This is often the case with Asbestos-related claims, as the damage from Asbestos develops over many years. So, you may be able to make a claim on a loved one’s behalf if they have died or are unable to speak for themselves due to their illness being so far advanced.

If you are speaking on behalf of a loved one, and they were diagnosed with an Asbestos related condition in the last three years, then we may be able to help.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist solicitors who have years of experience dealing with several industrial disease claims. This includes Asbestos related lung cancer. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable advisors.

Getting A Diagnosis of Vibration White Finger

If you are suffering with symptoms of Vibration White Finger, also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), you may think that there is no point in getting a diagnosis, as there is nothing that can be done to help. This is not always the case, as getting a diagnosis of Vibration White Finger can be vital if you wish to make a claim.

Some people have already had a diagnosis, some have not. If you fall into either of these categories, you may still be able to make a claim. At times, the symptoms for VWF do not appear until years after the person has left the job that causes the condition. This could affect whether they have had a diagnosis. Again, this may be something that we can help with.

Getting A Diagnosis of Vibration White Finger

If you have the symptoms of Vibration White Finger, then it is always best to go and see a Doctor. This can help with your peace of mind as well as with a potential claim. Once you have had a diagnosis, you then have three years from your date of diagnosis to make a claim.

In some cases, it is better for you to have not had a diagnosis, as the three-year limitation period does not start until the diagnosis. However, it is recommended that if you do wish to make a potential claim to go and see your doctor.

If you have not been diagnosed, then we may still be able to help. If your symptoms have started in the last three years, then you may be able to make a claim.

Causes and Symptoms of Vibration White Finger

The main symptom of VWF is a whiteness in the tip of one or more fingers. This can be on one hand or both. There are other symptoms which are associated with the condition. These symptoms include:

  • Tingling in the fingers or hands
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Numbness in the hands or fingers
  • Poor circulation
  • Coldness in the fingers

These symptoms may worsen when it is cold weather, but, since no two cases are the same, they also may not. Sometimes the symptoms do not appear until years after you have stopped doing the job where you were using the vibration tools.

The main cause of VWF is through continued use of vibratory equipment. This includes power tools. Many of the enquiries that we get are from people who have had a prolonged use of power tools. These tools can harm joints, nerves and blood vessels in the fingers and hand.

In some cases, you can trace the cause of VWF to a job you worked at decades ago. Many of the enquiries we receive for Vibration White Finger include jobs that people worked at years ago. It may even be the case that the company have since gone out of business. This does not necessarily matter, we may still be able to help.

If that is the case, you may think that there is no way you would be able to claim, but that is not always the case. If you have started experiencing the symptoms within the last three years, for example, then you may still be able to make a claim.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience in dealing with claims. This includes claims for Vibration White Finger. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.