An industrial disease often results from working with hazardous materials such as asbestos. They are often long term and therefore greater impact the lives of those that contract them.
Types of Accident
Example industrial diseases include:
Clicking on the links above will give you more information about each – however, it can include a much broader range of injuries, such as hearing loss, tinnitus, parkinson’s disease and legionnaire’s disease.
In 2010, we represented a gentleman who is suffering from noise induced hearing as a result of his employment with telecom giants BT. Our client worked as a below ground engineer in Bristol and used a tone set or oscillator (a device which creates ‘bleeps’ or ‘pulses’ to test lines) throughout his employment with the firm.
He now suffers from hearing damage and tinnitus a distressing irritating ‘ringing’ in his ears. Sadly he’s not alone many other BT engineers are coming forward and bringing claims. This was prompted by a major breakthrough when BT admitted liability in respect of certain types of tone sets that emitted excessively high noise levels that could cause damage.
Study Finds Link Between Industrial Solvent And Parkinson’s Disease
There have been reports of a major breakthrough in establishing links between Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Parkinson’s disease. Scientists from America and Europe found in a study that individuals who had been exposed to the industrial solvent were six times more likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s disease can lead to a person suffering from debilitating speech impairment and slow movement. Sometimes referred to as the ‘shaking palsy’ it can begin with tremors in one limb and in later stages affect intellect as well as physical movements. It is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the brain and runs for an average period of ten years before typically resulting in death caused by infection or pneumonia.
If you believe you have contracted a serious disease or illness as a result of exposure to a dangerous substance through the course of your employment please contact us today.