Guide to compensation for work-related disease, injuries and illness
Occupational / industrial diseases
Most people know that it is possible to claim compensation for an accident, but
not everyone realises that compensation is also payable for industrial disease.
An occupational or industrial disease is any illness caused or made worse by work.
Particularly dangerous environments include ship building, mining, railway engineering,
foundries, steel production or other metal works, motor vehicle production, construction,
carpentry, textiles, power stations, rubber or latex production - just to name a
It can be devastating to learn that you or someone you love is
suffering from an occupational illness or disease.
We do our utmost to handle all our industrial disease and illness claims quickly
and sensitively. Wherever possible we will visit you in your own
homes and aim to give you clear and sympathetic
advice regarding your workplace illness claim.
Common industrial illnesses
The most common industrial illness are those causing breathing difficulties
However, there are other common industrial illnesses including:
Exposure to hazardous substances
Rarer, but still valid claims are those caused by exposure to lesser known dangerous
substances in the workplace such as
carbon monoxide or nitro glycerine poisoning. (Check out our PDF guide to
Hazardous Substances in the workplace.)
What if I don't work in an industrial environment anymore but have developed an
If you no longer work in an industrial environment this does not usually matter
since very often symptoms do not develop immediately - eg deafness and asbestos
lung diseases can take years to become noticeable.
If the company that is to blame has stopped trading, been taken over or gone out
of business this does not necessarily matter either since we are experts at tracing
those responsible and restoring them so that a claim can be pursued.
How much will it cost me to make an industrial disease compensation claim?
Many people who suffer from occupational / industrial diseases are retired or on
a fixed income and are understandably concerned that they may need to pay a lawyer.
However, please rest assured that in the absence of legal expenses insurance or
trades union membership any case our solicitors take on will be on a "no win
no fee" basis.
The vast majority of occupational / industrial disease claims settle out of court
in the same way as any other personal injury claim.
Why choose us
Our track record of recovering substantial compensation for our industrial disease
clients stretches back over many years.
Benefits to you
- maintain a database of companies and their insurers
- maintain links with patient organisations, charities and consultants
- can refer clients to local charities and support groups
- give advice on any state benefits or other assistance that may apply
- actively campaign for victims of asbestos and support the proposed National
Mesothelioma Framework (recently announced by the Secretary of State John
This means we can act quickly and efficiently on your behalf.
Overseas asbestos disease cases
We are currently investigating a number of overseas claims for Claimants who have
worked in the UK and have since moved abroad and been diagnosed with an asbestos
related condition. Please contact Phil Gower now on 0844 858 3700 if you are now
living abroad, but may have been exposed to asbestos in the UK.
Phillip Gower at Simpson Millar LLP has ‘vast experience, exercises sound judgement, and has an easy manner with his clients'. He has an excellent reputation for industrial disease work, particularly asbestos and hearing loss cases.
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British Lung Foundation
Simpson Millar LLP are proud sponsors of the British Lung Foundation and supports
"Action Mesothelioma Day".
The British Lung Foundation is a UK charity working for everyone affected by lung
disease. They focus resources on providing support for people affected by this disease
today; and work in a variety of ways, including funding world-class research, to
bring about positive change, to improve treatment, care and support for people affected
by this disease.
Occupational / industrial disease compensation
Call our industrial disease and occupational illness helpline today
on freephone: 0808 129 3320 or use our free, no obligation, online enquiry form
to register for a call back to see if we can help you claim compensation for you