Pursing a Silicosis Claim
Under UK and EU law businesses have a duty of care towards their employees, possessing both a legal obligation to ensure the appropriate steps are made to protect their health and safety. In industrial occupations involving hazardous environments, where there is often a greater threat posed to workers, it is essential employers fulfil this duty. Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 business owners must take the following precautions to minimise the risk of exposure to silica:
- Personal protective equipment;
- Regular risk assessments;
- Comprehensive training.
Yet despite this many employers neglect regulatory guidelines, failing to protect their employees from exposure to the deadly dust particles, resulting in terminal health problems.
Eligibility for Silicosis Claims
Like the majority of personal injury claims, cases of silicosis are subject to strict statutory time limits. Although sufferers can pursue a claim decades after being exposed due to the apparent lack of symptoms, a silicosis claim must be made within three years of the diagnosis. Seeking expert legal advice following a medical consultation is essential in maximising your chance of obtaining a settlement, as well as gaining access to medical treatment to help ease symptoms and restore quality of life.
Here at Farleys our industrial disease claims solicitors have a wealth of experience in what is a highly complex area of law. The knowledge and skill our dedicated team possess allows us to negotiate a settlement inclusive of our clients needs, including future treatment and monetary loss.