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Speak to our specialist accident at work solicitors if you think you may have an industrial disease claim.

Last updated on November 8th, 2023.

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Key points for making an injury claim

The most important things to remember when making an industrial disease claim:

  • You can claim for some diseases years after symptoms appeared
  • You have three years from your diagnosis to make a claim
  • You should keep medical records and statements as evidence
  • You can claim on somebody else’s behalf
  • You can claim on a no win, no fee basis.

Industrial disease claims

If you suffer from a long-term condition or illness caused by your job, ask us about industrial disease claims. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your employer has a legal duty to keep you safe. If they fail to do so, you may suffer from any number of conditions or injuries, which could have a profound impact on your wellbeing.

At Express Solicitors, we will listen to your story sensitively and help you claim the compensation you deserve for your industrial disease.

What is an industrial disease?

An industrial disease is an illness or condition caused by exposure to harmful substances or unsafe conditions in the workplace. However, it can refer to more than just diseases – it can be a long-term injury or illness that happens due to poor workplace practices.

For example, you may suffer from repetitive strain if you do the same tasks repeatedly, or you may have suffered if you don’t have the right personal protective equipment.

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You can speak to our industrial disease solicitors even if the company you worked for is no longer in business. Some examples of common industrial diseases include:

There are also a number of lung conditions that can be caused by workplace negligence. For example, many people make asbestos compensation claims or mesothelioma claims, as well as asthma and silicosis. This is usually when workers spend their days in dusty environments or with buildings and materials that contain asbestos or other harmful chemicals.

All of these industrial diseases can have life-changing effects, from shorter life expectancy to disability. At Express Solicitors, our trained industrial disease solicitors will listen to your story and deal with your case sensitively. Speak to our specialist no win no fee solicitors and start your claim with us today.

How to claim compensation for industrial diseases

If your health has suffered because your employer did not keep you safe, we can help. Our industrial and occupational disease compensation claims specialists process claims on a no win, no fee basis, which means you won’t pay if we don’t win.

Industrial disease compensation can be more difficult than other claims because these conditions develop gradually. Likewise, your former employer may no longer be in business. We can help you on both counts with our years of industry experience. We will track down your former employer’s insurer and help you to gather evidence to support your claim.

Can I make an industrial disease claim?

You can make an industrial disease claim if you have suffered an illness caused by workplace negligence. Your employer has a duty of care to prevent these diseases where possible, for example:

  • Conducting risk assessments, such as injuries caused by repetitive activity
  • Providing proper safety equipment such as ear protectors
  • Limiting exposure where possible to toxic substances
  • Offering proper training to prevent injury, for example, manual handling to prevent long-term back injuries.

The nature of these conditions means they can be more difficult to prove. This is why it’s important to choose an experienced industrial disease solicitor that will go above and beyond to settle your claim.

Can I make a claim for a loved one who has died?

You can make a claim on behalf of a loved one if you are the executor of their will, that is, the person in charge of distributing the deceased’s estate. As you would with a claim for yourself, you can claim on another person’s behalf for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earnings (if they were supporting you)
  • Cost of care for the time they were being treated.

Compensation paid out after a person has died will be distributed according to their will. If the person does not have a will, then this will follow the rules of intestacy.

What evidence do I need to make a claim?

We can help you gather the right evidence to support your industrial disease compensation. When making a claim, you need to be able to prove that your health suffered, and that your employer was at fault.

We can help you to gather the following to support your case:

  • Witness statements from colleagues or relatives
  • Details on yours or the deceased’s working history
  • Medical evidence confirming diagnosis and the suggested cause.

Anything else you may have to support your claim, for example, HR records that show your training was not up to date, may help. Please ask our trained industrial claims solicitors if you’re not sure.

How much compensation can I get for an industrial disease claim?

Your industrial disease claim is unique, so there are no set amounts for what you can claim. At Express Solicitors, we go above and beyond to get you the biggest settlement possible, based on:

  • How serious your disease is
  • The long-term impacts on your life
  • General pain and suffering
  • Any loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses.

As a guideline example, the Judicial Board Guidelines states that compensation amounts for lung diseases can range from £16,000 to £77,000. See our accident at work calculator to see how much you could claim.

Can I get an interim payments?

If your employer admits fault, we may be able to help you with ‘early compensation payments’ or interim payments. These are early payments from your final settlement amount and may help to cover urgent costs such as medical treatment or transport to your appointments.

Is it free to make an industrial disease compensation claim?

If you, or a family member, belong to a trade union, your membership will provide you with free specialist advice from Express Solicitors. To make a claim, you should first contact your union representative who will then put you in touch with one of our dedicated industrial disease lawyers who will process your compensation claim. Trade union members receive 100% of any compensation, with no deductions for legal fees.

If you are not a trade union member, there are many ways to fund an industrial disease claim. Express Solicitors can talk you through the available options, which include a no win, no fee agreement. Please get in touch if you’d like more information on claim fees.

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What is the time limit to make an industrial disease claim?

Generally, personal injury claims have a three-year limit from the date of the injury. However, with industrial disease claims, you will have three years to claim from the date that you were diagnosed.

This diagnosis must say that your job was the cause of your illness. This is known as ‘date of knowledge’ and can also be three years from when your symptoms started.

How long does an industrial disease claim take?

As every industrial disease claim is different, there is no specific time for a claim. For example, your employer may still be in business and admit fault, which means it could take a matter of months. For cases where the employer is no longer in operation, or if they contest the claim, your wait time could be 18 months to two years. We specialise in going above and beyond to settle your claim, so please bear with us. We may also be able to help you with early compensation payments.

Why choose Express Solicitors?

At Express Solicitors, we work with a large team of experienced industrial disease solicitors who specialise in handling claims that other firms won’t take on. Over the years we have settled millions of pounds worth of claims just like yours, and we go above and beyond to make sure every part of your claim is accounted for.

We will listen to your story with sensitivity and do everything in our power to get you the settlement you deserve. Contact Express Solicitors to start your no win, no fee claim today.

Frequently asked questions

Who will pay the compensation?

You may be worried about making a claim against your employer, but it’s important to note that it is not your employer who pays the claim. Rather, the payment comes out of your employer’s liability insurance, so it will not impact the business if it is still trading. Similarly, it is illegal for your employer to dismiss you or treat you differently after making a claim.

Will my case go to court?

Less than 1% of cases go to court, so it is very unlikely that you will have to make an appearance. Courts encourage these cases to be settled out of courts, but in the unlikely event that you do need to appear in court, we will guide you every step of the way. You can withdraw at any time.

How will I prove liability?

To strengthen your industrial disease claim, we can help you to gather medical records and witness statements. If your claim is more recent, then there are more stringent Health and Safety measures in place. This means you may be able to draw on workplace records, for example, you may be able to prove that you were not adequately trained by looking at HR records.  

What happens if the company that caused my industrial disease is no longer trading?

If your employer is no longer trading, you can still make an industrial disease compensation claim. Our experienced solicitors will research the employer on the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office. This is an organisation that keeps insurers’ historical records, so we may be able to find your employer’s old insurer and make a claim against them.

Do I need to attend a medical?

You will need a full medical report that links your symptoms to your industrial disease. Your employer may also ask for a secondary report. We will do our best to make this is quick and comfortable as possible.

Can I claim if I am self-employed or work zero hours?

You can still claim if you were not a full-time employee. If your employer did not meet safety regulations, then they were still negligent, regardless of your employment contract.

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