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Industrial illness and associated disorders

As well as accidents at work there are plenty of diseases, injuries and disorders that can develop over time as a result of your current or previous occupation. Read an overview of accidents at work.

Here is a brief explanation of some of the most common conditions that our personal injury solicitors are experienced at dealing with:

Asbestos-related diseases

One of the most well documented industrial diseases both in the media today and medical research is asbestosis. Asbestosis and other fatal asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, are most commonly caused by inhaling particles of asbestos which can penetrate the tissue of the lungs.

Construction and demolition workers, insulators, pipefitters, boiler makers, bricklayers, millwrights and anyone else who has worked in an industry where asbestos may have been used for insulation purposes are most likely to be affected.

Symptoms of asbestos-related diseases include shortness of breath, coughing and chest pains. These diseases can lie dormant in the body for up to 60 years and then once identified treatments such as drugs and oxygen therapy can be used to provide some relief.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

accident at work carpel tunnelCarpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive strain injury that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes squeezed at the wrist. This can cause tingling, numbness and intense pain. Those areas most often affected include the hand, fingers and wrist but this can spread further through the elbow, upper arm, shoulder and neck.

Those most commonly affected by CTS include musicians, assembly line workers, typists and others that do repetitive tasks, specifically cleaning.


Dermatitis or eczema is a skin disease that can be caused by exposure to hazardous agents which may be physical, chemical or biological. Around 66,000 people in the UK suffer from occupational dermatitis.

Workers from countless industries are susceptible to occupational dermatitis: construction workers are exposed to cement spraying machines and nickel, hairdressers come into contact with the chemicals found in hair dye and numerous healthcare workers develop skin complaints in connection with wearing latex gloves.

Symptoms include redness, itching, scaling and blistering of the skin. The hands and forearms are most likely to be affected although the head, chest and other body parts may also be at risk.

Industrial deafness

Industrial deafness is, essentially, loss of hearing or tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears which can diminish concentration and cause sleep loss as a result of working in a noisy environment.

According to the Health and Safety Executive [internal link to HSE page], more than 1 million people are exposed to noise levels in the work place that have the potential to damage their hearing. A further 170,000 workers already suffer from industrial deafness, tinnitus or other noise-related ear conditions.

Workers most affected by hearing difficulties as a result of their profession include miners, stone cutters, printers, airline pilots, call centre operators, night club workers and military personnel.

Vibration White Finger

forestry-accident-at-work Vibration White Finger (VWF) is one form of Raynaud's Disease triggered by working continuously with vibrating hand machinery. The condition causes restricted blood supply and constricted blood vessels which make the fingers numb and eventually turn white.

Someone with VWF will find use of their hands to be cumbersome and painful, especially in colder weather. However, this personal injury is progressive, irreparable and can even result in loss of fingers.

This condition is common among gas workers, miners and forestry workers and those who work with pneumatic drills.

Making a compensation claim following an accident at work

Whether you have been harmed in an accident at work or are suffering from an industrial illness as a result of your employment, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

Our personal injury specialists have an excellent success rate and will talk you through each stage of the claim, offering free legal advice along the way. We make sure that you receive the most compensation available for your personal injury. Read more about compensation amounts.

There's no risk when it comes to making a claim with us, as our expert solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis.  This means that in the event your claim is unsuccessful, you won't face any legal fees.  That's what no win, no fee is all about. Read more about making a no win no fee claim.

What are you waiting for? You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by pursuing a personal injury claim with us. Just call 0800 197 32 32 to begin the claim process today.