Industrial diseases are, unfortunately, more commonplace than many people think. If you have developed an illnesses or disease as a result of coming into contact with a harmful substance or material pursuant to your work, then you should contact a professional personal injury solicitor to see if you could claim compensation from your former employer.
Your employer is legally bound to protect you from hazardous materials and hazardous chemicals while you are at work. This means that they should ensure the safety of your working environment, provide you with protective clothing and equipment, and ensure that you and everybody around you has the appropriate training to protect you from coming into dangerous contact with these chemicals. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case – while many employers are vigilant in protecting their staff from this type of problem, there are those that have proven and continue to prove negligent in this area.
Asbestos is perhaps the best known of all harmful substances related to workplace diseases. It was used as a cheap and easily accessible building material, and companies continued to use it even after it had been shown to be harmful to workers. Unfortunately, mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres, has not only affected employees but their families too, and there is no cure for this highly specialised form of cancer.
Mesothelioma does tend to attract large compensation figures, but it is actually only one of a number of diseases that can be contracted after coming into contact with harmful substances while in the workplace. Even seemingly innocuous materials, like flour, can cause respiratory problems, and employers should provide masks, proper ventilation, and other equipment to prevent the inhalation of this and other materials.
It is important that you seek medical help as soon as you believe you might have contracted a disease or ailment as a result of coming into contact with harmful chemicals. Not only can this help improve your prognosis, but the medical evidence gathered can be used by your professional personal injury solicitors to help build a case and claim compensation.
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