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Compensation claims instigated by occupational illness solicitors have over recent decades moved to the forefront of civil litigation as those who have suffered from exposure to dangerous or noxious chemicals or who have followed dangerous working practices over many years become ill often 20 or 30 years after exposure. The consequences of these illnesses can have devastating effects on the victims who may be able to claim damages if the working practices adopted at the time of exposure were known or believed to be inadequate. Conditions which most commonly give rise to claims instigated by occupational illness solicitors include:-

  • repetitive strain injury rsi
  • vibration white finger vwf
  • whole body vibration syndrome wbvs
  • hand arm vibration syndrome havs
  • beat knee
  • bladder cancer
  • industrial deafness
  • skin disease
  • work induced stress
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd
  • respiratory disease
  • asbestosis
  • mesothelioma
  • pleural disease
  • asthma
  • chronic bronchitis
  • pneumoconiosis
  • silicosis
  • tenosynovitis

Injury Compensation

Damages for personal injury that can be claimed by occupational illness solicitors are divided into two main categories :-

  1. General Damages represents items that are difficult to calculate accurately and involve a degree of assessment by the judge who is entitled to consult records of previously decided cases, use his own personal experience of settling cases and refer to the 'Judicial Studies Board' guidelines. The main item for assessment is usually pain and suffering.
  2. Special Damages represents items that can be calculated accurately and includes wages losses.

Time Limits

A matter which frequently arises relates to whether or not a potential claimant has left it too late to claim. In legal terms the general primary limitation period for taking legal action to claim damages for personal injury is three years from the date of the negligence that caused the injury. Most occupational illness claims are however different, due to the often lengthy latent period between exposure and illness, and the three year period does not start running until the potential claimant knew or ought to have known about the illness. The date of knowledge whereby the limitation period for an industrial disease compensation claim starts running is the first date on which the claimant knew the identity of the potential defendant and knew that injury was significant and knew that the injury was attributable to negligence. Whenever the limitation does actually start if the claim is not settled or legal proceedings have not been issued in a court by the expiry of the three year period then the opportunity to claim will usually have been lost forever. It must be said however that the court does have a very wide discretion to change, alter or extend the limitation period.

Occupational Illness Solicitors

Our occupational illness solicitors operate nationwide and deal with personal injury compensation claims using the no win no fee* scheme. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. Dealing with occupational illness is specialist work and our solicitors are qualified experts with many years of successful claims and settlements behind them. Your case will be assessed in detail at no cost to you and if after talking to our occupational illness solicitors you decide not to take matters further then you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our advice.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here