There are many kinds of industrial disease claims – hearing loss; dermatitis, repetitive strain injuries; asbestosis; and more.
These are all diseases which arise as a result of working in unsafe conditions for long periods of time. Sadly many of these diseases can have devastating and permanent consequences.
Repetitive Strain Injury and Working With Computers
Employees who work with display screen equipment such as computers, keyboards, telephones etc must undergo regular risk assessments to ensure their set-up is ergonomic and will not cause a repetitive strain injury. Risk assessments must be repeated if the employer has a reason to suspect it is no longer valid – for instance if the employee complains about their system of work or if they are moved or given new equipment. Risk assessments must be acted upon and HSE guidance in this area states the assessment must be carried out by a competent person, with input from the employee.
Aston Knight Solicitors have acted in many repetitive strain injury cases and will be happy to discuss any potential claim with you, free of charge, in a free no-obligation consultation. Feel free to telephone us on 0161 447 9191 or request a Free Call Back.
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Industrial Disease and Hearing Loss Claims
Workers are often injured over long periods of time through working with dangerous substances such as asbestos or through working in noisy environments, which result in permanent hearing damage. Expert evidence can confirm the cause of the injuries and the extent of your symptoms. Often it is important to clarify the “date of knowledge” – at which point should you have been aware the negligence caused your injuries? The reason for this is you have only have 3 years from the date of knowledge to bring court proceedings so you must act quickly.
A hearing test is needed before your claim can begin; the results of the hearing test can normally indicate whether the type of hearing loss you suffer is work related or age related. Often it can be a mixture of both. It is a common misunderstanding that work related hearing loss should come on quickly after working somewhere noisy – this is wrong – it normally only shows up years later, which is why many injured people at first think it is age related, or perhaps due to build up of ear wax.
If you worked in a noisy environment and notice any hearing loss then, irrespective of your age, you should have a hearing test as soon as possible. Aston Knight Solicitors Bury deal with many industrial deafness cases and will be happy to assist with a free no-obligation consultation on your hearing loss claim. Please contact us on 0161 447 9191 or request a Free Call Back to discuss further with one of our experienced hearing loss solicitors.