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Industrial Injuries and Illnesses

Employees who suffer personal injury or contract disease arising as a result of their employment may be entitled to financial compensation for Industrial Injuries & Illnesses compensation if it can be shown that the injury was caused by negligence or breach of statutory duty on the part of their employer. Liability may also fall on the employer if the injury was caused by a fellow worker as employers are required to provide competent employees and are vicariously for their acts or omissions.
Proving that the employer is liable is one aspect of the claim but it is also necessary to quantify the amount of compensation to which the claimant is entitled. There are various headings under which compensation may be payable such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of past or future earnings
  • Medical, surgical or nursing expenses, prescription charges
  • Other expenses incurred eg. transport
  • Costs of paying for housework, gardening etc if the claimant can no longer carry them out
  • Gratuitious assistance such as unpaid help from friends/family
  • Loss of or damage to property.

Proof of liability and quantification of Industrial Injuries & Illnesses claims can be complex issues for which the services of an experienced personal injury solicitor are essential.

Accident at work
Mr G is a fitness instructor, using military style training techniques. His employers insisted that he cover 4 lessons per day covering at least 14 miles whilst carrying army packs and wearing marching boots. As a result of his excessive workload he suffered an injury to his hip which required surgery and prevented him from participating in contact sports.Within a year of being instructed Cooks settled his claim for £11,500. Mr G commented:
"an extremely professional service, who utilized every avenue to enhance my claim. Thank you very much"
Mr G from North Yorks