When you make an osteoarthritis compensation claim with us, we aim to make the whole process as straightforward as possible for you, handling every aspect of your case while you focus on dealing with your injuries.
We'll let you know exactly what we're doing at every stage, helping you to make any decisions, and letting you know exactly what we need from you. Getting a claim started is simple, all you need to do is contact us.
You can call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation – we'll discuss your condition, and whether we think you can claim. If we think you've got a case, your claim will usually progress through these four stages:
Stage One: Information Gathering
You'll have a medical examination with a medical expert, who will report on your symptoms, their extent, and whether you're suffering from osteoarthritis. Establishing that the condition is definitely work-related is also important at this stage, as arthritis can have a number of other causes related to age and family history. It's possible to link certain medical conditions with specific occupational causes thanks to previous judgements and case precedents that are supported by medical evidence, so we'll discuss your work environment with you and look for things that could have contributed to your symptoms.
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis that the medical expert will be looking for are pain and stiffness in the joints, though increased tenderness, weakness and muscle loss, joints appearing larger than usual, and grating sounds or feelings in your joints are also common.
Stage Two: Rehabilitation
If you have any care or support needs as a result of your osteoarthritis, we'll identify exactly what these are and help you access them conveniently, from a provider close to your home.
Osteoarthritis is, unfortunately, incurable, but medication to ease pain is often prescribed. Supportive physiotherapy is also a common part of the rehabilitation process, and can help make everyday activities easier – essential for regaining your independence while suffering from a chronic condition.
If your employer accepts liability for your condition early on in the process, we may be able to negotiate interim payments – otherwise known as early compensation payments – which can help cover any rehabilitation costs in the short term.
Stage Three: Compensation
We'll calculate how much compensation you'll receive based on a few factors, including:
- The severity of your condition
- Medical expenses you’ve had to pay, or will have in the future
- Your occupation, and the impact your condition will have on your ability to work
- Your pain and suffering
Osteoarthritis can be caused by intensive industrial work, and it can make continuing with this kind of work impossible. Because of this, your ability to return to work could be a big factor in the compensation you receive.
We'll then put the case to your employer (or former employer). They may accept blame early on, or could challenge the findings, which may result in the claim being settled in court. Most claims settle out of court; however, if you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you. If your former employer has gone out of businesses, we will track down their insurer, who will be responsible for paying your compensation.
Stage Four: Conclusion
When your case concludes, you'll be awarded compensation if you're successful. Our fees will mostly be paid by your opponent, with a portion of your compensation settlement covering the rest.
If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.
If you have any questions about the claims process for occupational osteoarthritis, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110.