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Occupational illnesses

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They acted in a sympathetic and professional manner and resolved my case very efficiently.

Mr Dowse
Leeds

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Occupational illnesses can not only hinder your career, but can also have devastating consequences for you and your family.
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Occupational illnesses explained

You may already know that, if you suffer an accident at work and you can show that your employer was at fault, you can claim compensation from the company for your injuries.  The value of this compensation takes into account not only the pain and suffering from your injury but also any financial losses you have incurred such as lost wages, the cost of treatment for your injuries and any other expenses.   

However, there are other types of injury that your working environment can cause, some of which may not be immediately obvious.

  • What if you have been exposed to substances at work that has made you ill?
  • What if you have worked with asbestos many years ago and you are now suffering from shortness of breath because you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness?
  • Have you worked in a noisy industry and noticed a loss in your hearing?

Claims for industrial illnesses and diseases like these can be made in just the same way as claims for physical injury.

Here at Your Legal Friend, our specialist team of solicitors can help and support you if you are suffering from an illness that you believe has been caused by your work. We have extensive experience in managing a wide variety of occupational illness claims and securing compensation for our clients.

We can provide you with advice about how to claim compensation.  We can advise you about the benefits you are entitled to from the Department of Work and Pensions as a result of your condition.  Most importantly, we can support you throughout your claim to ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve, even if the company you worked for is no longer in business.

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Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams. A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton. Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team. Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation. Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad. Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

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There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be different in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

Alison Saul

Director of Personal Injury

Your questions... answered

Who is responsible for my rehabilitation after an occupational illness?

If your injury or illness has been caused by the fault of your employer or another party, then you may be able to claim compensation not only for your symptoms, but also for any treatment you may need in order to get you back to work, or on the mend, as soon as possible.

As part of the Personal Injury Protocol for dealing with claims and to help you recover from your accident or illness, your legal representative and your opponent’s insurers (compensators) have to consider whether your treatment needs can be met as part of the claims process.  It is widely known that early treatment can help prevent the depression or anxiety that can sometimes develop due to trying to cope with painful symptoms or from being absent from work for too long. 

Rehabilitation Code

The Rehabilitation Code was published in 2007 by a working party made up of insurers, legal groups and the National Health Service (NHS).  The aim of the Rehabilitation Code is to promote the use of early rehabilitation and treatment to improve your physical and mental health.

When you start a claim, your legal representative will to consult with you about your claim and also discuss your treatment needs, including the use of aids, adaptations or adjustments to employment so that these needs can be addressed as part of the claim.

The Code also encourages compensators to address the need for that treatment or intervention at the earliest practical stage and throughout the claim. In a joint approach, your legal representative and the compensator will agree on a joint but independent assessor who will speak to you or visit you to discuss your treatment and support needs. The assessor will prepare a report and recommendations for treatment, often in consultation with your own GP with your authority.

Once your treatment is agreed, arrangements are made for it to take place at the most convenient location to where you live.  The assessor will continue to monitor your progress and provide updates to your solicitor, the insurer and your GP.

Throughout your claim you have a duty to mitigate your loss. This means that you should seek treatment that will assist your recovery or reduce your symptoms to a lower level as soon as possible.  You can, of course, do this through your GP, but where NHS waiting lists are long, the Rehabilitation Code is another way of ensuring that your health and welfare are looked after as part of the claim. Your legal representative will not only pursue your claim for you, but will also get the medical help you need so that you recover or your symptoms improve in the quickest time available and, where possible, you can get on with your life. 

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If your injury or illness has been caused by the fault of your employer or another party, then you may be able to claim compensation not only for your symptoms, but also for any treatment you may need in order to get you back to work, or on the mend, as soon as possible.

As part of the Personal Injury Protocol for dealing with claims and to help you recover from your accident or illness, your legal representative and your opponent’s insurers (compensators) have to consider whether your treatment needs can be met as part of the claims process.  It is widely known that early treatment can help prevent the depression or anxiety that can sometimes develop due to trying to cope with painful symptoms or from being absent from work for too long. 

Rehabilitation Code

The Rehabilitation Code was published in 2007 by a working party made up of insurers, legal groups and the National Health Service (NHS).  The aim of the Rehabilitation Code is to promote the use of early rehabilitation and treatment to improve your physical and mental health.

When you start a claim, your legal representative will to consult with you about your claim and also discuss your treatment needs, including the use of aids, adaptations or adjustments to employment so that these needs can be addressed as part of the claim.

The Code also encourages compensators to address the need for that treatment or intervention at the earliest practical stage and throughout the claim. In a joint approach, your legal representative and the compensator will agree on a joint but independent assessor who will speak to you or visit you to discuss your treatment and support needs. The assessor will prepare a report and recommendations for treatment, often in consultation with your own GP with your authority.

Once your treatment is agreed, arrangements are made for it to take place at the most convenient location to where you live.  The assessor will continue to monitor your progress and provide updates to your solicitor, the insurer and your GP.

Throughout your claim you have a duty to mitigate your loss. This means that you should seek treatment that will assist your recovery or reduce your symptoms to a lower level as soon as possible.  You can, of course, do this through your GP, but where NHS waiting lists are long, the Rehabilitation Code is another way of ensuring that your health and welfare are looked after as part of the claim. Your legal representative will not only pursue your claim for you, but will also get the medical help you need so that you recover or your symptoms improve in the quickest time available and, where possible, you can get on with your life. 

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