Have your working conditions resulted in an Industrial disease?
At TLW Solicitors, our Personal Injury team have a full understanding of Industrial Disease cases, guiding you effectively through the legal process and offering a sympathetic, professional approach to your claim.
In some cases your condition may be apparent to you whilst you are still in the workplace or you may not recognise the symptoms are work related until many years after you have left your employer.
We can offer expert advice and assistance in the following areas:
- Industrial Deafness
- Asbestos related illnesses
- Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome
- Occupational Asthma
Workers who have been employed in noisy environments over prolonged periods of time without proper hearing protection are likely to suffer temporary or permanent hearing-loss, as well as conditions such as tinnitus due to the damage which the exposure to noise causes to the ear.
In cases of temporary hearing loss, a significant recovery period can be enough to lower the risk of severe hearing damage. However, continually returning to loud environments without adequate protective equipment for the ears greatly increases the chances of the hearing loss becoming permanent.
Once damage has been sustained by the sensitive hair cells within the ear, it is irreversible. Hearing aids and further specialist treatment may be required to improve hearing ability, although it will never be restored to its original state.
Whether you are still in employment or the symptoms have only developed in the years since you have left, TLW Solicitors can offer expert guidance and advice for industrial deafness claims. Our team may even be able to help you if your place of work has since closed down or gone out of business.
Asbestos related illnesses
Asbestos was a material frequently used within many industries due to it’s heat resistant and insulating properties, meaning a high number of the population were exposed to this dangerous material, even after the dangers of asbestos exposure were widely known.
It may be that the exposure to asbestos that led to your condition should have been prevented and if so you could be entitled to compensation. While the damage which has been done to your health cannot be undone the compensation may assist in providing some financial assistance to you and your family at what can be a very difficult and stressful time.
Our team have many years of experience helping sufferers and their families to identify where and when they were exposed to asbestos and who might be responsible for the illness they are now suffering from. We can help trace old employers even if they are no longer trading.
Symptoms typically can take 20 – 40 years to develop after the initial exposure to asbestos. Although it can take as little as 10 years for symptoms to come on. This time delay can make bringing a claim for compensation seem like an impossible task and that is why it is important to get specialist help.
Most people diagnosed with an asbestos related illness have been exposed to asbestos fibres in the workplace although there are a growing number of cases where people have been exposed elsewhere such as at school, through washing their loved ones dusty work overalls or by living in close proximity to an asbestos factory.
If you are suffering from an asbestos related illness, our team of specialists are here to help and guide you. We can offer advice and assistance in the following areas:
If you believe you have sustained an industrial disease or injury as a result of your working conditions, you can call us on 0800 169 5925 or fill in our contact form and one of our personal injury team will be in touch to discuss your claim.