The term ‘occupational disease’ is used to describe a condition or illness which has developed after an exposure to a dangerous substance in the workplace or unsafe working conditions.
There are many different conditions that can develop as a result of exposure to hazardous substances, unsafe practices and dangerous conditions at work. These include:
- Mesothelioma (asbestos related cancer)
- Lung Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
- Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
- Occupational Asthma
- Occupational Rhinitis
- Repetitive Strain Injuries/Work Related Upper Limb Disorders
- Back Injury
- Occupational Stress
This is a very specialist area of law. Occupational disease claims will often involve complex medical evidence and highly technical legal arguments. In some cases, such as noise induced hearing loss, asbestos related illness and occupational cancer claims, the exposure that has caused the illness will have occurred many years ago. Specialist knowledge will therefore be required to establish that your illness has arisen as a result of your work. It is therefore important to ensure that you choose an experienced solicitor when deciding to make a claim for compensation for an occupational disease.
Our specialist solicitors have many years of experience of dealing with claims for people who have developed work related illnesses and injuries.