Each year at Camps Solicitors, we help genuinely injured people to claim work accident compensation if they have been involved in an industrial accident. Industrial injuries can often have very serious implications and may affect your ability to return to your previous job, or even to work at all. At what is likely to be a confusing time, it is important to seek out independent expert legal advice following an industrial injury, to find out what your legal rights are after your accident.
Developing an industrial injury
Most industrial injuries fall into two main categories, industrial diseases and industrial accidents:
Unlike the injuries you might suffer in a road traffic accident, or a trip or slip, an industrial disease might take many months or even years to develop – in the case of conditions like vibration white finger or asbestos related diseases. Industrial diseases that affect the bones and the soft tissue might get progressively worse over time, as you are repeatedly exposed to the source of your injury, whether that is a piece of machinery, a particular procedure or way of working, or the environment of your workplace. The development of an industrial disease might cause the sufferer to experience pain and discomfort over a considerable period of time, often several months or years.
An industrial accident, on the other hand, will be an incident that results in an immediate injury. Some examples of industrial accidents might include getting your hand or foot trapped in machinery, tripping over some loose wires or cables on a factory floor, being hit by something falling from an overhead gantry or suffering a chemical burn. Whereas the development of an industrial disease can happen over time, giving the sufferer some opportunity to adapt his or her lifestyle, an industrial accident can leave someone with a life-changing injury straight away.
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