They often regard their injury as an illness or ailment as it sustained gradually rather than an injury suffered from a sudden accident at work.
There are many people working today that could, and should, legally claim compensation for a work injury, disease or ailment they are suffering which has been inflicted upon them by the unsatisfactory working conditions provided by their employer.
Please contact us if you feel your health has suffered due to sub standard working conditions. You will be able to speak directly to a personal injury solicitor who will be able to give you free and immediate advice as to whether or not you would be able to make a claim.
Types of industrial injuries and Diseases
Many types of industrial injury and diseases can be avoided if basic Health & Safety rules are put in place and adhered to. Some frequent industrial injuries suffered by workers are listed below:
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), also known as work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD), is a common term used to explain the discomfort to muscles, nerves and tendons by constant repetitive movement.
The upper parts of the body are mostly affected by this condition in particular the hands, wrist, forearm, elbow, neck and shoulders.
Repetitive strain injury often occurs when carrying out the same movement repeatedly, and for long periods of time. It is often associated with office and computer work such as typing and factory work where the same activity is repeated.
Vibration White Finger/Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
Vibration White Finger also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HACS) is caused by the continual use of hand-held vibrating equipment.
This condition affects the muscles, nerves and joints of the hand and arms.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Much like RSI Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a quite common condition that is induced through repetitive and intricate work which causes numbness and pain in the hand and fingers.
Sufferers from carpel tunnel syndrome often feel a burning or tingling sensation in their fingers and hands.
The disorder is a result of the median nerve becoming compressed at the wrist.
Exposure to Asbestos
Exposure to asbestos can lead to a disorder called asbestosis which is a long-term chronic lung condition.
Before the material was banned asbestos was used widely in the building industry, as it does not burn and provides insulation. Breathing in dust or fibres from asbestos can scar the lungs.
The symptoms are shortness of breath and coughing. It can take many years from first breathing in asbestos fibres to the symptoms appearing. If you have worked with asbestos in the past and feel that you are now having difficulty breathing please contact your doctor straight away.
Farmers Lung Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
Like asbestos poisoning farmers lung is a condition that is associated with breathing in mold and bacteria in areas of hay, silage and grain.
The symptoms range from shortness of breath, tightness and pain in the lungs, heavy coughing with excess mucus and chest pain
Working in any industry has its dangers especially if the employer has not provided the correct protective clothing, or the working conditions are inherently unsafe. Occupational asthma is triggered when a substance or condition in the workplace causes asthma symptoms.
Occupational asthma is frequently found in workers in the following industries and jobs:
- Plastics and Rubber industry
- Painting, Printing, Dyeing
- Chemical industry
- Textile industry
- Electronics industry,
- Metalworking, Welding, Oil refining
- Work with animals, Laboratory work
- Farming, landscaping, and horticulture
Metal Fume Fever
Metal fume fever, is generally a condition associated with people working with chemical and metals. The disorder is contracted when fumes are breathed in.
The symptoms can range from:
- fever, nausea,
- chills, headaches,
- dry or irritated throat
- shortness of breath
- Joint and muscle aches.
A metallic or sweet taste is sometimes experienced by people with alters the taste of food.
Of even more concerning symptoms may also include a burning feeling in the body, shock, no urine production, collapse, convulsions, yellow eyes and skin, rash, vomiting, watery or bloody diarrhoea or low blood pressure.
Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome
Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS) is comparable to Occupational Asthma, but the irritability tends to persist for an inconsistent period after the exposure and is provoked by a range of occupational and non-occupational irritants such as common colds.
Silicosis Lung Disease
Silicosis is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust. It causes inflammation and scarring in the lungs upper lobes. Silicosis is characterised by shortness of breath, cough, fever, and bluish skin (cyanosis).
Eczema Skin Condition
Eczema is a skin condition and is often caused by chemicals, plants and other substances.
Contact Dermatitis Eczema
Contact Dermatitis is a type of eczema. It is irritation and inflammation of the skin which occurs when contact is made with particular substances. Symptoms include red, itchy and scaly skin, and at times burning and stinging.
Industrial Deafness and hearing loss
Industrial deafness and hearing loss is caused by continuous exposure to noise levels exceeding 80db. If you hearing has been damaged by your employer failing to provide you with ear protection then you could have a claim for compensation.
How to Claim Compensation for Industrial Injury and Disease
There are Health & Safety Laws and regulations in place to protect employees against all of the above injuries and diseases. Unfortunately some employers do not adhere to the Health & safety requirements and subsequently there are often failings to ensure the safety of workers.
If you have any of these disorders or another work injury or industrial disease that you have been aware of for less than 3 years, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Regardless of the company you worked for at the time no longer existing, it may be possible to still make a claim for compensation, especially if the company has been taken over by another firm.
Furthermore if you have been disabled by an industrial injury, , together with claiming compensation for your injury you can also apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits.
Injury Claims Assistance will be able to give you the expert advice and help you need and when you contact us you’ll speak to a specialist injury solicitor straight away and not to someone in a call centre.
We handle our client’s claims on a No Win No Fee basis so there is no cost to you. Please call us now for an immediate and free assessment of you injury claim.