Your employer is legally obliged to provide you with a safe working environment and to take reasonable steps to ensure your health is not affected by anything you are asked to do as part of your job. Despite this thousands of employees fall ill every year with conditions they have developed because of their work. Some conditions may be mild, such as low grade dermatitis caused by contact with a substance triggering skin irritation and redness. Other conditions are extremely serious and in some cases even life threatening, the most obvious being the development of mesothelioma or some other form of lung cancer following exposure to asbestos.
Finding out that you have a work related illness can be extremely upsetting. Not only do you have to cope with the physical damage that this may cause, but also the psychological damage of knowing you may never recover and that it is possible that had better precautions been taken it could have been avoided.
Making a personal injury claim cannot change the past but it can improve your future by providing you with compensation for your pain and suffering and for any financial harm you or your loved ones may suffer as a result of you being unable to continue working in your chosen profession or in the event you ultimately succumb to your illness and die.
Industrial Injury Claims
Our personal injury lawyers can help you to make an industrial injuries compensation claim for:
- the injuries you have suffered;
- any adverse impact those injuries have had on the quality of your life;
- any costs you have incurred, for example in travelling to and from medical appointments or buying specialist equipment or mobility aids;
- any loss of income, for example through a drop in wages or pension payments; and
- the cost of providing you with ongoing long term care.
Where you are seeking compensation for a fatal accident in which a relative has died, we can help you to recover funeral costs, medical expenses incurred in the months or years leading up to death, a lump sum to cover any financial support you have lost out on as a result of your loved one no longer being around to provide for you, and of course a payment to acknowledge the pain and suffering caused by your grief.
Our lawyers can also put you in touch with a range of support groups, from the British Lung Foundation following a diagnosis of mesothelioma to the British Tinnitus Association following the development of constant ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears. We can also signpost you and other family members to local and national bereavement counselling services.
Personal Injury Compensation
A compensation claim may be possible in any case where injury or death has occurred following the development of a workplace related condition, including:
- mesothelioma, diffuse pleural thickening, pleural effusion and any other asbestos related disease;
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, occupational asthma, silicosis, black lung and other respiratory problems;
- cancer, heart disease, organ failure, dermatitis and osteoarthritis associated with chemical poisoning;
- disfigurement, scarring or sight damage caused by a chemical burn, chemical spillages or exposure to harmful substances;
- tinnitus, acoustic shock and any other form of noise-induced hearing damage; or
- repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis or vibration white finger caused by having to perform recurrent tasks.
We can also help to highlight any factors that contributed to you becoming ill, including a lack of personal protective equipment or a failure to promptly repair faulty equipment. By doing this your employer will have a chance to make changes to their procedures to hopefully stop anyone else developing what may be a very serious illness.
A claim may still be possible even if your employer no longer exists or cannot be traced.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injury, the impact it has had on your life and whether it has or will ultimately lead to your death. Payment for repetitive strain injury might average out at around £10,000 whereas a mesothelioma claim could secure you or your family upwards of £120,000.
How long you have to make a claim for compensation will depend on when you were injured or first realised that something may be wrong with you that could be linked back to your work. As soon as you become aware that an injury has been caused you will generally have three years in which to take action, unless you were under 18 at the time the injury occurred in which case you will have three years from your 18th birthday in which to claim.
In the event you wish to make a claim on behalf of a relative who died within three years of finding out that they had an industrial illness, you will generally have a further three years from the date of their death or point at which their personal representatives became aware of the illness, whichever is later, to proceed.
Failing to seek legal advice early can result in you losing the right to make a compensation claim so it is important that you contact us as soon as you become aware that an injury has occurred.
Why choose Step Legal Solicitors?
Our lawyers are industrial disease claim specialists who have been helping victims seek injured workers compensation for many years, including for asbestos claims and other workplace illness. We have an impressive track record in achieving great results, including for people who have been told by other solicitors that their case is hopeless, that they have missed the time limit for bringing a claim or who have been offered inadequate compensation in view of the average payout for their type of condition.
- recovering £90,000 for a gentleman in his 90s who had developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos many years ago while working for a telecommunications company; and
- securing £15,000 for a gentleman with noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by working with heavy machinery in a noisy factory for over 20 years with no ear defenders.
Our services are rated highly by clients and many people who come to us for help do so on the basis of a recommendation from someone who has already been through the legal process of making an industrial disease or accident at work claim with our support. Why not read some of our client testimonials to find out why so many of our former clients recommended our services to their family, friends and colleagues.
We are members of The Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme which is only open to lawyers who can prove their expertise in dealing with personal injury matters. We are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers who work tirelessly to ensure that accident victims retain the right to seek compensation in the face of growing efforts to restrict access to justice.
We offer a free initial consultation during which we will advise you whether we think a claim may be possible. Where it is, and you decide you would like to proceed, we can usually arrange for your case to be funded on a no win, no fee basis which will mean that there will be no charge for our services if your claim is not successful and any costs you might have to pay if you lose will be covered by an insurance policy. As explained in our costs information booklet, this means that there should be no financial risk to you in making a claim.
Our offices are based in Crewe, about a 10 minute walk from the train station. They are disabled-friendly, with step-free access to the main reception area and to our ground floor meeting room.
Clients who have difficulty in walking are free to use an allocated parking space or if you prefer we can arrange a home visit.
We cover a wide area spanning Cheshire and Staffordshire, including Nantwich, Northwich, Sandbach, Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent.
We undertake a lot of work for the Polish community who come to us not only because of our recognised expertise but also because of the free interpretation and translation services offered to our Polish clients by Agnieszka Kulas, a paralegal with our firm.
We understand that you may have a lot of questions that need answering before you can decide whether or not you want to start the legal process of making personal injury claim. Our lawyers in Crewe will do their best to answer these for you, along with any other questions you may have as your case progresses.
Answers to some of the most frequent questions we are asked can be found by clicking on the links below.
- When can I make a personal injury claim?
- What can I claim for?
- How much compensation am I likely to receive?
- Can you help with medical treatment and rehabilitation?
- Will you look at my case, even if I have been turned away by another lawyer?
- What is the process for making a claim?
- Will I have to go to court?
- How much will it cost me to make a claim?
- How quickly will my claim be dealt with?
- Is there a time limit for making a claim?
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