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All employers have a duty to employees to ensure that they are not subjected to anything which may cause injury or illness whilst at work.
A lot of work related injuries aren’t caused by one incident but are instead the result of exposure over a prolonged period of time. Such instances are exposure to hazardous chemicals, exposure to continuous loud environments or exposure to heavy machinery.
It is quite possible that you would not become aware of the potentially hazardous exposure until it is too late. If you work in an environment where you may be exposed to potentially hazardous substances then your employer is required to take sufficient steps to reduce the amount of exposure or to remove it completely. One common failing of employers is failing to provide suitable personal protective equipment for their employees, although this can be a relatively simple and cost effective solution it is often overlooked by employers.
Common types of Industrial Disease claim are:-
When considering a claim for compensation it is important to consider the limitation Act and how this affects your claim. Generally speaking you have 3 years in which to commence your claim but it is often unclear at first as to when the 3 year period begins. Although you may have been exposed to potentially hazardous substances for longer than 3 years you may still be able to pursue a claim as the important date is the date you became aware of the symptoms being linked to the exposure. Our team of experts will carefully consider the date of knowledge at the outset of your claim.
If you have suffered any type of injury or illness during the course of your employment please contact our expert team now to commence your claim for compensation. Our experienced team of solicitors has pursued many such claims and will ensure that you recover the maximum amount of damages which is possible.