Archive for the ‘Industrial Disease’ Category

Claim Compensation By Widow: Death From Coal Miners Pneumoconiosis Bronchitis

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

UK solicitor explains when a widow can claim compensation for a death caused by coal miners pneumoconiosis and chronic bronchitis from exposure to dust in the pits

Widow of deceased coal miner

My deceased husband worked for the National Coal Board and later British coal for many years in various different mines in Rochdale, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and Wales.

He was exposed to coal dust without any form of breathing protection. He would return from work quite often coughing up back residue.

He died earlier this year and the cause of death was stated to be pneumoconiosis and chronic bronchitis.

I am his widow and I was dependent on his miner’s pension I am now left with no household income and I wonder if it is possible to make a claim for compensation as my husband had no knowledge that his breathing conditions were in some way related to coal dust exposure.

Industrial lung disease solicitor response

There is a good chance that you will have a claim for your husband’s death as it seems that his cause of death were two conditions which were related to the inhalation of coal dust over many years.

The are three main heads of loss which you can claim for his death which would include:

1. Bereavement – a sum of money to compensate you for the early loss of a love one. currently around the figure of £12 000 compensation.

2. Funeral expenses –money to pay for your deceased husband’s burial.

3. Dependency – it is likely you will be entitled to a dependency claim which will compensate you for the loss of the household income on which you relied.

If you think you might wish to claim compensation for the fatal coal miners pneumoconiosis and chronic bronchitis condition click fatal industrial lung disease claimto access my free online claim assessment form.

Claim Hearing Loss Compensation: Foundry Stamping Machine Metal Press Noise

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Find out how noise in a foundry such as metal stamping machine or press machine can cause hearing loss and a permanent ringing in the ears known as tinnitus and lead to workers claiming compensation

Industrial deafness at work victim question

I worked in a foundry first in Leeds and later in Sheffield for approximately 20 years and I have noticed that my hearing has started to deteriorate and I have a permanent ringing in my ears which is most prominent at night.

I was a machine operator for a metal press machine and a stamping machine. The noise levels from these machines was constant with the stamping machine making periodic explosive sounds.

I was not provided with any form of hearing protection and have noticed over the last couple of years that my hearing has gradually deteriorated first starting with my wife and children complaining that I was turning the TV up too loud and that I would miss the telephone ringing or a knock at the door.

Last week I went to my GP and was sent for a hearing test and I have been told that my audiogram shows that I am suffering from noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

The company I worked for in the past is no longer in business so I wonder if it is still possible to make a claim?

Noise induced hearing loss solicitor response

It seems form your description that you were exposed to continuous excessive noise from the foundry stamping and press machine without proper hearing protection nor I suspect an adequate warning about the dangers to your hearing  from continuous loud noise.

It seems therefore that your foundry employer in both Leeds and Sheffield was negligent and as such legally responsible for your injuries.

You have indicated that your first symptoms started a couple of years and you have only recently been diagnosed with industrial deafness or noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus. There are three years from the date of knowledge of your injury to start a claim and it therefore seems that you are in time to make a claim.

The fact that your employer in Leeds and Sheffield is no longer in business is not a problem as the employment insurers can be traced that was in place at the time of your exposure and as such a claim can be lodged with that insurance company meeting your former employer’s liability.

If you would like to consider a claim click noise induced hearing loss / tinnitus to complete my online form or call me on the number next to my photograph at the top of this page for a free chat about noise exposure from foundry machines such a stamping and press machine.

Construction Industry Machine Noise Causing Worker Hearing Loss Claims

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Find out some of the machinery used in the construction industry which can cause hearing loss to workers and result in industrial deafness claims

The construction industry involves the use of many machines which produce excessive noise. Workers who are exposed to excessive noise without adequate hearing protection can suffer from reduced hearing which becomes evident as the worker ages – often many years after exposure to the noisy machinery.

Some examples of machines which produce excessive noise include:

1. Pneumatic drills

These drills produce a large amount of excessive noise and are used in various different ways in the construction industry.

2. Circular saws

Circular saws are typically used for cutting of wood and other materials used in the construction industry, such as cutting of floorboards in houses or frame work structure for dividing walls.

3. Nail guns or Hilti gun

This gun fires nails in to steel which can be used for the construction of various different structures, such as buildings and bridges.

4. Staple guns

Staple guns are used for various tasks in mining and this equipment has been known to produce excessive noise.

5. Grinders

Grinders are used to cut and shape metal which if used frequently produces not only excessive noise but quite often excess vibration running the risk of hearing problems and vibration conditions such as VWF.

If you have used any of these types of equipment in the workplace in the construction industry or other work environment and find you are suffering symptoms of some form of hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or have developed another condition such as a breathing problem from the inhalation of dust or vibration condition (as vibration white finger)it is advisable that you contact a specialist industrial disease solicitor as soon as possible to discuss whether you might have a claim for compensation.

Remember –there are only three years from date of injury or date of knowledge of injury to make a claim. Knowledge is calculated as the knowledge of a reasonable man – not necessarily your own actual knowledge.

Click noise induced hearing loss claim to contact me online free of charge to have your potential industrial deafness claim assessed.