The workplace can be dangerous no matter what industry you work in. It is the responsibility of the business and your employer to create a safe working environment, but when this is not done at the required level, it can result in injuries, accidents and illness. If you currently suffer from or you sustained an injury or an ailment that is down to the negligence of your employer, then you could be entitled to compensation. There are many common ailments that people can claim for, and it is important to be aware of these in case it ever happens to you. Here are four of the common work ailments.
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)
MSD is the most common occupational illness and can be very serious because it can impact your ability to work and live well. MSD refers to any strain or sprain which can include back problems, slipped discs and work-related upper limb disorders. It usually occurs from lifting heavy loads, repetitive activities or sitting in awkward positions for a long period of time. Whether or not you can make a claim will depend on your individual case as sometimes it can be the fault of the employer and other times it will not be. If it is due to the employer not allowing enough breaks, making employees carry too much or not giving them the proper training or equipment, then you could make a claim.
Stress & Mental Health
Many employees suffer from stress and mental health issues but do not take any action as they are unaware of their rights or may be afraid of doing so. Work-related stress claims are complex as damage is harder to prove than an injury, but you could make a successful claim if your employer has not supported a pre-existing condition or you are suffering from too much work, unfair level of scrutiny, bullying, and so on.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
RSI is one of the more common ailments, particularly in the industrial sector or any role where repetitive tasks are carried out. RSI can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and fingers with carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and burritos all being examples of RSI. If it can be proved that it is the employer’s fault, then it is possible to win industrial injuries compensation.
Another very common ailment is occupational dermatitis which is damage to the skin caused by exposure to harmful chemicals. It is particularly common amongst those that work as cleaners, in hospitals, hairdressers and anywhere else where you are regularly exposed to chemicals. You may be able to make a claim if the condition is not easily treated or cured.
The workplace can be dangerous with these being just a few of the more common ailments that people suffer from. In many cases, these ailments will be because of the employer not creating a safe working environment which will entitle you to compensation. If you are unsure whether or not you have a case, you need to simply contact a personal injury specialist who will be able to help.