If you have acquired a work-related disease anywhere in Scotland then our Personal Injury Solicitors in Scotland specializing in industrial disease claims can help you claim the maximum compensations you are entitled to. Best of all, we work on a no win no fee agreement which means you don’t have to pay any fees win or lose, and it doesn’t even matter if your employer is no longer in business we can help you win your case. And unlike many lawyers we don’t retain any of your compensation for our fees you keep 100% every penny! call us now on 0800 011 9547
You have a lot to gain by reaching out to us; our personal injury specialists will talk about the issues relating to your employment history and the work conditions that caused your illness. It is not advisable to talk about the details of your personal injury claim with third parties like an insurance company. They might want to offer you a settlement figure, which is usually much less than you deserve. You need to work with someone who can provide you with expert, independent legal advice.
Claiming Compensation for Industrial Diseases in Scotland
Each year, the number of workers being faced with the dilemma brought on by the exposure to extremely unsafe substances and dangerous practices has been on the increase. According to estimates by the Health and Safety Executive, about 20 workers every week are diagnosed with asbestos related diseases in the UK. If you are suffering as a result of the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled to claims for compensation.
The following work-related diseases could entitle you to a claim:
- Work-related deafness
- Occupational asthma
- Asbestos relates diseases
- Exposure to carcinogenic substances
- Work-related dermatitis
- Hand arm vibration syndrome (including vibration white finger)
industrial disease claims in Scotland – Asbestos Exposure Levels
Asbestosis has always been seen as a disease resulting from heavy doses of exposure to asbestos. The initial cases were reported amongst workers who spent most of their working hours exposed to excessive amounts of asbestos dust. They continued in these conditions for several years before they came down with the disease.
The Asbestos Industry Regulations of 1931 put in place some dust control measures to make asbestos factories safer for people to work in, but this yielded little results as cases of asbestosis still persisted. Then it was discovered that even a little exposure for long periods of time could still cause the disease.
It also became clear that protecting the worker from further exposure did not actually prevent the disease from occurring, and if it was already present, from getting worse.
The result of studies on cases of asbestosis have basically concentrated on workers in asbestos factories or on thermal insulation engineers. These workers have certainly been exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos for very long periods of time.
The effects long term and intermittent exposure to light has on workers in other occupation have not been extensively studied and understood.
However, research findings published between the 1960’s and mid 1980’s has led to the conclusion that a five-fold reduction in the level of total exposure to hazardous substances is acceptable. This would reduce the risk of asbestosis being contracted by workers.
Experts generally are of the opinion that a worker can only contract asbestosis if they are constantly in contact with large amounts of asbestos for long periods of time, while other asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, diffuse pleural thickening and pleural plaques require much less exposure.
If you are suffering from an industrial disease in Scotland and would like to find out about how to make a claim then give us a call and we will put you in touch with one of our expert industrial disease lawyers specializing in Scottish law. Our lawyers work at Industrial Disease Scotland on a no win no fee basis so it doesn’t cost you anything win or lose and unlike many other firms we don’t take any of your compensation for our fees you always keep 100% every penny you deserve.
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