What is industrial disease?

An industrial or occupational disease is an illness or condition caused by something in the environment in which you work.

It could be that you have been exposed to a chemical or substance with harmful side-effects. An obvious example of this is asbestosis, or the ‘black lung’ suffered by many miners. Working with chemicals can also lead to skin conditions.

You may have a chronic condition caused by vibration, noise or repetitive movements.

Industrial or occupational diseases include:

  • Vibration white finger – usually suffered by users of tools such as jackhammers.
  • Skin diseases such as dermatitis – common for those working in cleaning, catering and healthcare.
  • Breathing in substances or chemicals – even if the exposure was many years ago you can still make a claim.
  • Industrial deafness and tinnitus – working in a noisy factory or other loud environment without ear protection can result in hearing difficulties.
  • Upper limb disorder (repetitive strain injury) – this is common among those using IT all day at work, or performing repetitive movements without proper support or breaks.
  • Stress at work – whether it’s caused by overwork, poor management, bullying or other issues, stress at work can give rise to substantial claims.

GMS Law – Industrial Disease Specialists

Have you been to your doctor and been diagnosed with a condition or disease related to your job or profession? It doesn’t matter how long ago the problem started – many sufferers remain unaware for many years that their exposure to a chemical or substance which may result in an industrial disease.

Some conditions only come on slowly, and may not show themselves for some time. On the other hand, there are some chemicals which have an immediate detrimental effect.

Whichever category you fall into please call us for advice now, so that you have the best chance of obtaining compensation.

Just give us a call on our Freephone number 0800 0463272 for a confidential, no-obligation chat about your claim.

Asbestos Disease Help and Advice

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