Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. It commonly impacts on:
- fingers and thumbs
The condition occurs over a long period of time and is often the result of large amounts of manual labour that causes wear and tear to joints.
Cartilage enables the joints to move easily and smoothly but if the cartilage becomes worn, the bone will increase in size and weight, which impacts movement.
Osteoarthritis is a painful and serious condition, which can affect your mobility and seriously reduce your quality of life. Typical symptoms include:
- pain when lifting, bending or performing repetitive movements
- decreased ability to walk long distances without pain
- stiffness, especially first thing in the morning
- dull or sharp pains and aches when moving
- intermittent swelling of the joints
Types of activity which are likely to cause osteoarthritis include:
- repetitive actions especially those requiring force
- repetitive impact on a joint
- actions which strain the joint to its limits
- using certain machinery e.g. a road drill
Your employer has to provide reasonable measures to reduce the risk especially in jobs which could cause symptoms
No win, no fee osteoarthritis claims
We carry out many of our claims on a no win, no fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs for you and, provided that you have not misled or acted against the advice that we have given to you, no financial risk to you – even if your claim is not successful.
Time limit to make an osteoarthritis compensation claim
It is important to note that most osteoarthritis compensation claims should be brought within three years of the date of knowledge. The date of knowledge is generally the date from which you first realised or suspected that your osteoarthritis was related to your employment; or three years from the date of the onset of your symptoms when it would have been reasonable to make the connection between the illness and the working environment.
Will my career suffer if I make a claim?
There are strict legal safeguards to protect you should you make a claim and our specialist employment solicitors are able to advise you should any issues arise.
Additionally, any compensation you receive will generally be paid by your employer’s insurer. It’s a legal requirement for companies to be insured, and has been for a long time, so it would be unusual for your employer to not have insurance.
If you, or a loved one, have developed osteoarthritis as a result of your work then you may be entitled to compensation. To find out more about making an osteoarthritis compensation claim please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on freephone 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.