Q1. When it comes to health and safety at work, what rights do employees have and what obligations do employers have?
Employers must provide a safe working environment, taking all possible reasonable steps to ensure an employee's health, safety and wellbeing. If an employer breaches this obligation, any employee that suffers an injury or illness as a result is entitled to seek compensation.
Q2. What is a work-related illness and how can a solicitor help you make a claim?
A work-related illness is sustained as a result of unsafe working conditions or exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace. A solicitor can assist you in bringing a claim against your employer for personal injury and financial loss suffered.
Q3. Is there a standard process when making a work-related illness claim
Once a claim is made, the employer either admits liability and the parties attempt to reach a settlement, or the employer denies liability and the claim could proceed to trial. There are lots of steps in-between making a claim and trial, depending on the claim itself.
Q4. Could there be any issues when making a claim against employers?
The main issues include identifying the employer responsible for the illness (there may be more than one), obtaining sufficient evidence (particularly where the illness developed over a number of years) and dealing with denials of liability.
Q5. Is there a time limit on making a work-related illness claim?
Usually, there is a time limit of three years for making a work-related illness claim, from either the date the illness developed or, if later, the date on which the employee became aware that the illness was caused at work. This can vary depending on the illness.
If you have a personal injury that you have suffered due to the actions of someone else and you wish to find out more, our Client Relations Team are on hand to help and can arrange an appointment with our specialist personal injury solicitor. For more information or to discuss your individual circumstances in further detail, contact us today on 01603 693500 or email us using the 'Make an enquiry' form. Appointments available at our Norwich, North Walsham and Sheringham offices.
For more information on Clapham & Collinge's Personal Injury services please see our dedicated Personal Injury webpage
*This article is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or other professional advice.
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