The Health and Safety Executive estimate that 1.3 million workers are suffering from work related ill health, with a further 13,000 deaths each year being linked to exposure to chemicals and dust in the UK workplace.
“The figures around work related ill health are profound; not only does the UK lose an estimated 25 million working days each year, but at a personal level the effects of work related illness result in a profound deterioration in the quality of life for those affected.”
Mike Shiers, Partner
What areas do you cover?
At Nash & Co we work across the board; respiratory disease through exposure to dust including asbestos is well known, but there are many other symptoms such as noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus, skin diseases including dermatitis and eczema as well as physical symptoms like hand-arm vibration syndrome (or vibration white finger), repetitive strain injury and other musculoskeletal damage.
What should I consider?
Just as you can bring a claim for an accident at work, you can also take action if your health, including your mental health, has been affected by through working in a damaging environment. Some effects may be felt many years after exposure, while others may be more immediate, but any event if you have been affected you may be entitled to compensation.
What should I do next?
No matter where or when you believe that you have been affected, contact us and speak with our specialist team; we have a wealth of knowledge, much of which is local and we will assess your circumstances and advise you from there. Give Mike Shiers a call on 01752 827025 or email him at [email protected]
All employers have a duty to ensure that the workplace is a safe place; where there are failings you may be harmed and we are here to ensure that you receive the compensation and care that is rightfully yours.