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Claiming for Accidents at Work

If you have suffered an accident at work, we’re here to help.

Whether you are a full-time or part-time employee you are protected by the law if you sustain an injury whilst at work. This applies to accidents caused by your employer, another employee, a colleague or a contractor.

Injury at work can arise from a number of different situations including:

  • slips or trips
  • defective equipment or machinery
  • failure to provide appropriate equipment or machinery
  • manual handling including lifting
  • exposure to harmful and dangerous substances
  • fall from height

In addition to compensation for your injuries, we can help you to recover all expenses reasonably incurred and caused by the accident such as loss of earnings, medical treatment costs, cost of care (whether provided by a healthcare professional, family or friends), and future losses, such as loss of earnings and pension payments.

If your claim has reasonable prospects of success then we will be happy to act for you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. Poole Alcock’s personal injury department is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and our expert solicitors include members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and APIL Senior Litigators.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chronic Obstructive Pumonary Disease (COPD) Claims

COPD is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing issues. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both COPDs. COPD happens when the lungs and airways are damaged and inflamed as a result of long-term exposure to harmful substances such as cigarette smoke, which is the main cause of COPD, but can also be caused by exposure to certain types of dust and chemicals at work.

Pulminary Fibrosis Claims

Pulmonary fibrosis is an interstitial lung disease which means that it affects the tissues that support the lung system. Some examples of the disease caused by working conditions include Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, which is sometimes known as ‘farmer’s lung’ (caused by breathing in mould on hay or straw), or ‘bird fancier’s lung’ (when caused by breathing in dust from bird droppings or feathers). Another common workplace form of pulmonary fibrosis is Pneumoconiosis, which is caused by breathing in certain dusts, resulting in scarring.

Silicosis Claims

Silicosis is a long term disease of the lungs caused by inhaling silica dust usually over a number of years. Silicosis usually develops between 10-20 years of exposure but can develop as soon as 5-10 years. Our team has experience in a number of cases dealing with silicosis diagnoses, and can offer practical advice.

Work-Related Occupational Asthma Claims

Occupational asthma is caused by breathing in substances at work such as dust, chemicals, fumes and animal fur. We can help bring a claim against an employer if we can prove causation from exposure to allergens – including exposure to dust, chemicals, fumes or other substances. Our team is experienced in working with occupational asthma claims, and can provide expert advice.

Repetitive Strain Injury Claims

Your employer is under a duty to assess any risks in your work to ensure that if it is repetitive by nature, you are given sufficient breaks or job rotation. If we can establish, using independent medical evidence, that your job is repetitive and that you have developed an injury as a result, you may be entitled to recover compensation

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss or Tinnitus Claims

When hearing loss has been caused by exposure to excessive noise during employment, the law may allow you to bring a claim for compensation if it can be shown that the employer had been negligent is failing to safeguard against excessive noise. The personal injury team at Poole Alcock Solicitors is experienced in obtaining compensation for work-related hearing loss.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and Vibration White Finger Claims

An employer has a duty to eliminate or reduce exposure to vibration to as low a level as is reasonably practicable. If an employer is found to have been negligent, or breached a duty of care, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury. Our team of work injury solicitors can help claim for loss of earnings, travel expenses from medical appointments, treatment costs and care and assistance costs.

Compensation for Work-Related Dermatitis or Skin Problems

Compensation for Work-Related Dermatitis or Skin Problems We can help deal with claims regarding skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, ringworm and psoriasis that are caused by working conditions and situations including exposure to irritants, ‘wet working’ and aggravation of conditions caused by accidents.

Compensation for Fatal Accidents

You may be considering a claim following the loss of a partner, parent or child. You or somebody else may have been dependent upon that person and it is important that you receive the right advice before making a claim.

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