Exposure to conditions in work environments can cause serious illnesses or life changing conditions. Employers are under a duty to remove or reduce hazards that pose a risk to their employees or visitors health. Hazards can include asbestos, noise, dust, chemicals and vibration from tools.
An industrial disease often does not cause symptoms to appear until months or even years after exposure to the hazard. This can cause particular difficulty when investigating or pursuing a claim. Sometimes, employers have gone out of business or moved premises. It is important to instruct a solicitor with experience of running industrial disease cases so that they can attempt to trace the insurers for the companies responsible for your exposure.
It is also important to seek legal advice as soon as you are made aware that your symptoms may be caused by your exposure. There are time limits that apply to bringing a claim. When this time limit starts to run from can often be more difficult to calculate in industrial disease cases.
If you think you may have been exposed to a hazard during the course of your employment either now or in the past, and you are experiencing symptoms which may result from that exposure, please come and speak to us for a no obligation free initial meeting.