Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
Disease Litigation

 

If you believe that you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of your work you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

The team at Watkins and Gunn have a longstanding reputation in representing clients who have suffered with work related illness (also known as Disease Litigation).  In addition to representing two Unions and members of the Armed Forces the team also acts on behalf of individuals who have suffered injuries or become ill as a result of their work.

The most common claims for compensation include:

  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Vibration White Finger (VWF)
  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
  • Respiratory Disease (including asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer)
  • Asbestos Related Disease
  • Skin Complaints (including industrial dermatitis)

In addition to representing clients in civil claims for compensation Watkins and Gunn could help you make a successful application for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

If you think that you may be entitled to make a claim for either civil compensation or would like to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit please contact us for free, no obligation advice.  If we think that you have a good claim we will offer to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

 

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Vibration White Finger (VWF) 

 

If you believe that you are suffering with Vibration White Finger (VWF), which is also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), as a result of your work you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.  These types of claims  also include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

This condition is caused by the use of vibratory tools and  equipment which is widely used in industry.  The use of these types of tools over a long period of time can cause the conditions.

The most common symptom of the conditions is a feeling of tingling in your fingers.  This is commonly accompanied by a numbing sensation and loss of colour in your fingers.  As the condition advances many will lose the strength in the grip of the hand affected.   If you use vibratory equipment and are experiencing any of these symptoms you may be suffering from vibration white finger and should seek medical advice immediately.  If you are suffering from the condition it is important that your use of vibratory equipment is stopped as the longer you use the tools the worse your condition can get.

If you believe that you are suffering from vibration white finger as a result of your work you should seek legal advice quickly.  There are important time limits, which are governed by law, which govern disease litigation claims and it is important that if you feel you have a claim you pursue the claim within this time frame to ensure your claim is not statue barred.   Please contact us to see if we can help.

In addition to pursuing a typical compensation claim for VWF the team may be able to help you apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

VWF is a prescribed disease covered by the scheme.  If you fulfill the criteria you may be eligible to receive a weekly payment from the Government.  Claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be made in addition to a claim for compensation or as a stand alone application.  Successful applications can result in a payment within two to three months.

If you think that you may be entitled to make a claim for either civil compensation or would like to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit please contact us for free, no obligation advice.  If we think that you have a good claim we will offer to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

 

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

 

If you believe that you are suffering with noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) as a result of your work you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.  If you worked for the military please click here.

Noise induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud noise in the workplace.  Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by exposure to noise over a long period of time or as a result of a one off incident.  The damage caused is irreversible.

Many people who are suffering from noise induced hearing loss report that their symptoms come on gradually.  Often they find it difficult to hear conversations in busy settings, for example in a busy restaurant, or can’t hear the doorbell.  In many cases the hearing loss is accompanied by tinnitus which is the sound of a hissing or ringing in the ears.

If you have been exposed to noise at work and are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss and/or tinnitus you should seek medical advice immediately.  If you are suffering from the condition it is important that your exposure to the loud noise is stopped so that no further damage is caused.

If you believe that you are suffering from noise induced hearing loss and/or tinnitus as a result of your work you should seek legal advice quickly.  There are important time limits, which are governed by law, which govern disease litigation claims and it is important that if you feel you have a claim you pursue the claim within this time frame to ensure your claim is not statue barred.

In addition to pursuing a typical compensation claim for noise induced hearing loss and/or tinnitus the team may be able to help you apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Noise induced hearing loss is a prescribed disease covered by the scheme.  If you fulfill the criteria you may be eligible to receive a weekly payment from the Government.  Claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be made in addition to a claim for compensation or as a stand alone application.  Successful applications can result in a payment within two to three months.

If you think that you may be entitled to make a claim for either civil compensation or would like to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit please contact us for free, no obligation advice.  If we think that you have a good claim we will offer to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

 

Respiratory Disease

 

If you believe that you are suffering with breathing problems as a result of your work you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.  If you think that your breathing problems are as a result of working with asbestos please scroll down to read our page about asbestos related disease.

Breathing problems can often be caused by exposure to dust and chemicals in the workplace.  Common chest complaints which can be caused by exposure to dust and chemicals include:

  • Asthma and exacerbation of asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Bronchitis (CB)
  • Lung cancer

The following sources of dust and chemicals can cause breathing problems:

  • Pesticides and gases from corrosive chemicals
  • Sawdust and dust from cotton, coal, fiberglass and food products
  • Fumes from food dyes and preservatives
  • Fumes from welding, metalwork and heated plastics
  • Smoke
  • Fumes from paints, solvent and lacquers

Exposure to dust and chemicals which can cause breathing problems can take place over a number of years or as a one of incident.

Many people who are suffering breathing problems say that their symptoms come on gradually and did not initially realise that their problems were as a result of work.  If you are a smoker this may have an affect on your claim but it does not mean that you definitely can not make a claim for compensation.

If you have been exposed to dust or chemicals at work and are experiencing breathing problems  you should seek medical advice immediately.  If you are suffering from breathing problems it is vital that your exposure to what is causing the problems is stopped.

If you believe that you are suffering from breathing problems as a result of your work you should seek legal advice quickly.  There are important time limits, which are governed by law, which govern disease litigation claims and it is important that if you feel you have a claim you pursue the claim within this time frame to ensure your claim is not statue barred.

In addition to pursuing a typical compensation claim for breathing problems the team may be able to help you apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

There are lots of different breathing problems which are known as prescribed diseases and are covered by the scheme.  If you fulfill the criteria you may be eligible to receive a weekly payment from the Government.  Claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be made in addition to a claim for compensation or as a stand alone application.  Successful applications can result in a payment within two to three months.

If you think that you may be entitled to make a claim for either civil compensation or would like to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit please contact us for free, no obligation advice.  If we think that you have a good claim we will offer to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

 

Asbestos Related Disease

 

If you believe that you are suffering with breathing problems as a result of your work  and exposure to asbestos you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

There are a number of breathing problems which can be caused by exposure to asbestos which include

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesotheliomia
  • Asbestosis
  • Diffuse pleural thickening

Pleural plaques are also caused by exposure to asbestos but in England and Wales you can not claim compensation for this.

If you, or someone you know, has been exposed to asbestos at work and are experiencing breathing problems  you should seek medical advice immediately.

If you believe that you are suffering from an asbestos related disease as a result of your work you should seek legal advice quickly.  There are important time limits, which are governed by law, which govern disease litigation claims and it is important that if you feel you have a claim you pursue the claim within this time frame to ensure your claim is not statue barred.

In addition to pursuing a typical compensation claim for asbestos related disease the team may be able to help you apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

There are lots of different breathing problems which are known as prescribed diseases and are covered by the scheme.  If you fulfill the criteria you may be eligible to receive a weekly payment from the Government.  Claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be made in addition to a claim for compensation or as a stand alone application.  Successful applications can result in a payment within two to three months.

If you think that you may be entitled to make a claim for either civil compensation or would like to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit please contact us for free, no obligation advice.  If we think that you have a good claim we will offer to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

 

Skin Problems

 

If you believe that you are suffering with a skin complaint as a result of your work you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Skin problems can often be caused by exposure to chemicals and irritants in the workplace.  Common skin conditions which can be caused by exposure to dust and chemicals include:

  • Dermatitis
  • Ulcers
  • Skin cancer

The following sources can cause skin problems:

  • Pesticides and solvents
  • Dyes and oils
  • Cleaning products
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Latex and rubber
  • Preservatives

If you believe that you are suffering from skin problems as a result of your work you should seek legal advice quickly.  There are important time limits, which are governed by law, which govern disease litigation claims and it is important that if you feel you have a claim you pursue the claim within this time frame to ensure your claim is not statue barred.

In addition to pursuing a typical compensation claim for skin problems the team may be able to help you apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

There are lots of different breathing problems which are known as prescribed diseases and are covered by the scheme.  If you fulfill the criteria you may be eligible to receive a weekly payment from the Government.  Claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be made in addition to a claim for compensation or as a stand alone application.  Successful applications can result in a payment within two to three months.

If you think that you may be entitled to make a claim for either civil compensation or would like to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit please contact us for free, no obligation advice.  If we think that you have a good claim we will offer to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

 

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

 

In addition to representing clients in civil claims for compensation Watkins and Gunn could help you make a successful application for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).

IIDB is a weekly benefit paid by the Government to people who become disabled as a result of an accident at work or because they suffer from a disease caused by work.

The amount of benefit you receive depends on your level of disability.

There are over 70 prescribed diseases which are known to have been caused by working in certain jobs.  The most common conditions are:

  • Asthma
  • chronic bronchitis or emphysema (COPD)
  • deafness
  • pneumoconiosis (including silicosis and asbestosis)
  • osteoarthritis of the knee in coal miners
  • vibration white finger

If you would like to apply for IIDB please contact us for free, no obligation advice.  If you would like assistance in making an application we can help you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.  You do not need to have a solicitor represent you in order to make a claim for IIDB but we offer this service to those clients who want a little bit of help.

Related Services

COVID-19 

In line with Government guidance our offices are closed. However, we are very much open for business to help advise you with your legal needs remotely and safely.

There are warnings of increased Cyber crime during lockdown – please remain vigilant.

Go to our CoVid 19 page for more information.

Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

Stay safe and well.