What's the Difference Between Personal Injury and Industrial Disease?

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The key difference between a personal injury case and an industrial disease case is time. As a rule of thumb, if you've been exposed to something over a long period, i.e. loud noise over time causing hearing loss, it is an industrial disease claim. If you've been injured suddenly after a particular incident i.e. an accident at work, you may have a personal injury claim.

Solicitors who deal with compensation claims often have a great deal of experience in both areas, and are very aware of proper health and safety practices in the workplace.

The Overlap


While there is a rule of thumb, there is a also a lot of overlap. An incident at work could often be a personal injury or an industrial disease. For example, you only have to be exposed to asbestos once to get the aggressive cancer mesothelioma. Below are a few examples of personal injuries and industrial diseases.

Personal Injury - Industrial Disease

Both personal injuries and industrial diseases can be painful and affect your life, they both may occur as a result of health and safety failings in the workplace.

Cutting Through the Jargon


Telephone advisors, TV adverts, and lawyers alike often use terms you don't completely understand, or are ambiguous. For example, a work related injury is likely to be a personal injury claim, but could be a repetitive strain injury, and therefore an industrial disease. Work related illness is more likely to be an industrial disease.

If you approach a firm that specialises in injury claims, they will listen to your circumstances, and know exactly which type of solicitor can help you best. So while it is important to understand the nature of your claim, we make sure that you aren't disadvantaged just because of legal jargon. To support this, we will help you understand the law, and what's involved in your claim.




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