Occupational diseases are more commonly associated with the medical and chemical industries, but can also affect people performing manual tasks (for example bursitis), working in an office (any repetitive strain injury), or in manufacturing (for example hand arm vibration syndrome).
These occupational diseases are acknowledged medical conditions, and the many regulations within the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act are in place to prevent occupational diseases and the need for occupational disease compensation.
However, where employers fail to apply these regulations – in either providing adequate safety equipment, providing training on its use or flaunting guidelines of the frequency of their use – an occupational disease is more likely to occur, and should you contract an occupational disease where an employer is even partially to blame, you are entitled to make a claim for occupation disease compensation.
Claims however should take second place to ensuring appropriate medical treatment is administered and the full extent of your occupational disease should be known before making a claim for occupational disease compensation.
Making a Claim for Occupational Disease Compensation
Making a claim for occupational disease compensation may no always be straightforward. Some occupational diseases – such as repetitive strain injuries – may not be physically apparent. They are known as “non-anatomical” because there may not necessarily be any perceptible swelling or damage to the tendons, simply pain. Therefore, there are no guidelines in the Injuries Board Ireland´s “Book of Quantum” for an accurate assessment to be made, and even in other claims for occupational disease compensation, grey areas exist as to how much they should assess.
Therefore, it is advisable that if you have contracted any form of occupational disease that you speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor once you have received medical attention for your complaint. We offer those who have contracted an occupational disease a free advice telephone service which you are welcome to ring and speak with a solicitor familiar with occupational disease claims for compensation. Our solicitors will be able to answer any questions you may have in respect of your entitlement to claim and provide helpful and accurate advice.
Call us now on 1-800 989 995 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
Our solicitors are aware of the distress you may be feeling having contracted an occupational disease in the course of your employment, and will be courteous and understanding at all times. We will ask you to explain how you acquired your occupational disease and the circumstances that lead up to it. We would also like to know what medication (if any) you are on at the moment and how your occupational disease has affected your quality of life.
We also need to know where you believe your employer has been negligent in causing your occupational disease and if he may counter your claim for occupational disease compensation by saying that you were partially responsible. If there is an element of contributory negligence, this will not disqualify you from making a claim for occupational disease compensation – we would just prefer to know in advance.
Our solicitors will make a preliminary assessment of your claim for occupational disease compensation, and let you know if there is a sufficiently strong case which is worth your while to pursue. They will offer information and provide several options for you on what you can do next. There is no obligation on you to follow any of our advice unless you choose to.
Contracting an occupational disease can be a life-shattering event and no amount of money will ever make up for it. However, by calling our free advice line you can take the first steps to ensuring your financial security and speak to one of our specialised personal injury claims solicitors.
Our lines are open on 1-800 989 995 from 8.00am to 10.00pm and if it is inconvenient to call right away, bookmark this page for later or complete the call-back form below and one of our friendly and helpful team will be back in touch shortly.