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If your occupation has contributed to your osteoarthritis diagnosis, you may have an industrial disease claim.

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What is osteoarthritis?

According to Arthritis Research UK, 8.8 million working days were lost in 2015/16 due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders, with osteoarthritis being the most common.

Osteoarthritis is a condition where cartilage around your joints wear away, causing the bones to rub together, becoming inflamed, stiff and painful.

The knee is the most common site in the body for osteoarthritis, followed by the hip and hands/wrists.

The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are:

  • pain
  • stiffness
  • a grating or grinding sensation (crepitus)
  • swelling
  • restricted use of a joint
  • joint instability
  • muscle thinning.

What causes osteoarthritis?

There are various causes of osteoarthritis, including genetics and obesity.  The condition can also develop through trauma, impact and repetitive activity, such as:

  • trauma from a road traffic accident
  • sports injuries such as torn cartilage, ligament damage such as anterior cruciate ligament strains and dislocated joints
  • jobs that involve a lot of physical labour, repeated impact on joints, kneeling, squatting, typing, operating machinery etc.

Osteoarthritis is most common to the following occupations:

  • Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • Construction
  • Transportation and storage
  • Human health and social work activities.

Why make a claim for osteoarthritis compensation?

Your employer should provide you with the proper equipment to protect you during your work. If they are negligent in doing so, you can end up with an injury or illness such as osteoarthritis. Making a claim not only highlights the issue to your employer, it may also mean your colleagues are less likely to suffer in the future.

Compensation can help pay for medical costs and continuing treatment, prescriptions, travel to appointments and even lost earnings due to time off work. More about making a claim

How the claim process works

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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We have experienced advisors who will chat you through the claims process, assess your eligibility to make a claim and ensure you’re put in touch with a specialist solicitor, who will be with you every step of the way.  They will outline your options, together with information about our No Win No Fee option.

How much compensation will I receive for an osteoarthritis claim?

Compensation for a work-related illness depends on a number of things, such as your specific circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need. 

Assessments taking into account:

  • Current and future loss of earnings
  • Medical and travel expenses
  • Any personal care needs
  • Adaptations needed in order for you to continue in your home
  • Mobility aids
  • The pain and suffering endured
  • Loss of earnings for carers

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

You usually have three years from your date of diagnosis to make an osteoarthritis compensation claim.  However, our claims advisors can guide you based on your individual circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Contact us for an initial chat, to find out whether you do have a compensation claim for osteoarthritis.  It’s free and you are under no obligation to commit to anything.  Our advisors will take a few details to understand your situation, and will let you know whether you are likely to have a claim. They will also explain our No Win No Fee service to you.

Just can get in touch using the numbers at the top of the screen, request a callback, or simply fill in our online form.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

How do you select your solicitors?

We work with an extensive panel of impartial and fully-qualified solicitors.

At First4Lawyers, we make sure you get the very best help available, which is why we screen all solicitors working with us by checking their credentials and qualifications and ensuring that they are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and that they have a valid SRA number.

We pride ourselves on our Standards of Service, and as such, every solicitor on our panel must abide by our high standards.

It’s important to us to make your claims process as easy and accessible as possible, and we have a large range of solicitors who work with us throughout the country.

Above all else, we make it a priority that the solicitor working on your case has the relevant expertise to make your claim, so you can rest assured that your claim is in safe hands at all times.

I was injured at work. Can my employer sack me for making a claim?

No, your employer cannot legally dismiss you because you have made a claim against them.

It is illegal for an employer to fire one of their employees if they are injured at work and make a claim against them.

This means that anyone who needs to make a claim against their employer as a result of an accident at work can do so without fear of negative consequences.

Employees are fully within their rights to claim compensation should they sustain injuries as a result of an accident in the workplace.

If you’ve sustained an injury at work which has either prevented you from working or generally hindered your enjoyment of life, it’s only right you claim the compensation you deserve.  Your employer should have insurances in place to cover this kind of event.

I'm nervous about claiming against my employer. Should I be worried?

It’s understandable that you might feel anxious about bringing a claim against your employer.

Many people are concerned that their employer will be so aggrieved about their decision to make a claim due to an accident at work that they will terminate their employment.

However, taking this sort of action against any employee making a claim is actually illegal and you may have reasonable grounds to start unfair dismissal proceedings against them.

Should you fall victim to an accident at work, you shouldn’t have to worry about what your employer would think about you making a claim.

It’s their responsibility to ensure that your workplace is a safe, clean environment that is free from hazards which could harm your health and well-being.

With one of our solicitors by your side, making a claim against your employer won’t be a problem and you can be rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands.

Our solicitors understand that many people have these concerns regarding their employers, and will always deal with your case sympathetically.

What if I'm self employed? Can I still claim?

It depends.  In many industries, workers will be technically self-employed, while working under the umbrella of another company. In these circumstances they are likely to have a duty of care to you.  This includes construction workers, electricians, plumbers, contractors etc.

It’s not always obvious who can claim (and who you can claim against), but our legal advisors will give you free legal advice about it.  Just get in touch.

Is there a time limit for an industrial disease claim?

Although personal injury claims should usually be made within three years, industrial disease is different.

Symptoms can take months or years to emerge, so generally the time limit starts from the date of knowledge, such as when you receive a diagnosis.

Cases vary greatly, depending on the illness and the circumstances, so please get in touch with us and we can tailor the advice to your specific circumstances.

How does No Win No Fee work?

If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end. 

If you lose your case, you do not pay your solicitor any legal fees for the work they've carried out on your behalf.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

Who pays the other side's costs?

As part of a conditional - No Win No Fee arrangement, any costs are covered by either arranging an insurance policy, or by using any existing legal expenses cover you may have.

The solicitor will discuss any need for, and the suitability of, any insurance with you.  

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