Industrial Disease

If you or a loved one have been affected by an industrial disease - also known as an occupational disease - due to the negligence of an employer, making a claim can compensate for the suffering caused. You will know first-hand how life-changing industrial illnesses can be, but the team at JMW is here to help you get back on track.

Get Help Now

If you have been affected by an industrial illness, and would like to speak to an expert about your case, call the solicitors at JMW today on 0800 054 6570. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will call back at a time that suits you.

Industrial Infections

An occupational infection is defined as an infection caused by exposure to harmful micro-organisms while in the working environment. These micro-organisms could include bacteria, fungi, viruses, internal parasites or infectious proteins.

If you work with such organisms as part of your job, for example as a lab technician, making a claim may be a less straightforward prospect. However, if you have been exposed inadvertently, or as the result of someone’s negligence, you should still contact a solicitor to discuss making a claim.

Inadvertent exposure may occur in various occupations, including agricultural workers, healthcare workers and piercing or tattoo artists.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also considers BSE and Anthrax to be potential industrial diseases.

Workers Most At Risk

Employees that are most at risk of occupational conditions include:

  • Construction workers
  • Factory workers
  • Motor vehicle repairers
  • Hairdressers
  • Health care providers
  • Coal miners
  • Printers

However, industrial diseases could be contracted in a range of different jobs and industries. If you feel you have suffered from a disease that was caused by the negligence of your employer, get in touch with us today. 

Employers’ Responsibility

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees and by law have a duty to do everything they can to protect their workers and ensure they remain safe at work.

What this involves depends on the industry, but broadly speaking employers must make sure:

  • Employees and anyone else who might be affected by the business are protected from anything that could cause them harm
  • Risks are regularly assessed within the workplace
  • Information about those risks are communicated to employees, and training is provided on how to deal with the risks
  • Consultation with employees on health and safety issues takes place regularly 

Why Choose JMW?

Andrew Lilley heads the industrial disease team and has over 20 years’ experience of recovering compensation on behalf of victims. He provides advice and assistance across the spectrum of industrial disease claims, with a specialism in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease cases. He also works closely with asbestos support groups and campaigns on behalf of the victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Whether you are suffering from an industrial disease or an industrial infection, we can help you make a claim for compensation. We are known for taking on the most complex of cases, so get in touch today to start your claim.

Our service is designed to be fast and efficient, and to achieve the best possible outcome for you with the least amount of stress. We are able to do this on a consistent basis by offering:

  • A no win, no fee service
  • A specialist fast-track court procedure for mesothelioma sufferers 
  • Access to a panel of leading medical experts
  • Home visits throughout the UK (in certain circumstances)
  • No upfront fees

Our solicitors are experts in industrial disease claims, with an extensive understanding of the legal rights of employees and the precautions that should be taken by employers to protect you.

We are on hand to give you the advice you need and the compensation to which you are entitled. 

Talk to us

To start a claim for compensation for an industrial disease or infection, speak to a solicitor today by calling 0800 054 6570. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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