Industrial Disease Claims

  • A strong track record of securing substantial compensation – No Win No Fee
  • Making those responsible pay - even companies that have gone out of business

Guide to compensation for work-related disease, injuries and illness

Health problems caused by working environment - industrial disease claims

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 few.

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.

Key Information:

Common industrial illnesses

The most common industrial illness are those causing breathing difficulties such as:

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 workplacePDF file.)

What if I don't work in an industrial environment anymore but have developed an illness?

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 Reid)

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 0345 357 9700 if you are now living abroad, but may have been exposed to asbestos in the UK.

Chambers and Partners 2017

"Well-regarded team specialising in employment liability cases, frequently acting for trade unions across Wales and England. Handles industrial disease claims such as asbestos-related cases, as well as acting on fatal accident and breach of confidence claims."

"Phillip Gower is a key contact."

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

The Legal 500 2016

"Simpson Millar LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and tactically aware advice’ to a longstanding and loyal union clientele. Phillip Gower is ‘very well versed in the personal injury and disease fields’ and leads the team, which handles industrial disease work for GMB and Communication Workers Union.

Simpson Millar LLP hired mesothelioma specialist Helen Grady and industrial disease practice head Gavin Evans from Thrings LLP and Asons Solicitors, respectively. Emma Costin heads the Bristol office. "


British Lung Foundation

Simpson Millar LLP are proud sponsors of the British Lung Foundation and supports "Action Mesothelioma Day".

British Lung Foundation

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 medical condition.

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Gavin Evans | Partner &  Head of Industrial Disease | Simpson Millar LLP

Gavin Evans
Partner, Head of Industrial Disease

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