Were you exposed to a substance at work that may have caused Cancer?
There is no single cause of cancer, however it is known that there
are certain factors that increase the likelihood of someone developing the disease.
These may be genetic, lifestyle, environmental or occupational,
and separately or as a combination, they can increase a person’s risk of developing
it. This increase in risk may be slight, or relatively substantial.
Types of work related cancers:
It is not always easy to establish what the cause of a particular Cancer is, however
there are various types which are known be linked to occupational exposure to carcinogens.
- Lung – most commonly caused by smoking or exposure to
asbestos fibres, but can also be caused by carcinogenic
chemicals, toxic dust or radiation
Bladder – can be caused by exposure to aromatic amines used in dyes and pigments,
textiles, paints, plastics, paper, drugs and pesticides and in rubber preparation.
It can also be used in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which are used in industries
with exposure to coal tars, soots, aluminium production eg coal gasification; coke
production; coal-tar distillation; chimney sweeps; roofing and paving;
metal founders and smelting, motor and engine exhausts
- Throat/Laryngeal – can sometimes be linked to exposure to polycyclic
- Nasal and sinus – often associated with exposure to formaldehyde,
leather and wood dust
- Liver – anyone who has been exposed to vinyl chloride can be at
risk. People in the plastics, rubber and resin manufacturing; car interiors, furniture
making and transportation industries are most at risk
- Skin – usually associated with exposure to mineral oils (eg metal
workers and printing industries) and UV radiation (eg anyone working outdoors).
It is important to note that Skin Cancers can be difficult to detect and can be
missed or receive a delayed diagnosis
Types of occupational exposure:
- Aromatic amines
- Leather dust
- Certain metal compounds (Cadmium and cadmium compounds; chromium VI compounds, nickel
compounds, iron and steel founding, nickel sulfides and oxides; beryllium)
- Mineral oils
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- UV radiation
- Vinyl chloride
- Wood dust
Check out our PDF guide to
hazardous substances for further information.
Can I claim compensation?
If you have been diagnosed with Cancer and you suspect the
cause is work related you may be able to claim compensation
if you can prove that your employer negligently exposed you
to a known carcinogen such as asbestos, radon or perchloroethylene (dry cleaning
chemicals) or one of the other chemicals or substances we have listed.
If you have been diagnosed with Cancer and you have been told or suspect that your
working environment, either past or present, may be a factor in the disease, but
the particular substance you came into contact with has not been listed, it is worth
remembering that medical knowledge is increasing in this area almost daily and you
would have nothing to lose by seeking an expert legal opinion on
the possibility of making a claim.
Any advice our solicitors give is on a "no win no fee" basis.
For example carbon nanotubes have been found to behave in a way
that is very similar to asbestos fibres in that the particles are so small when
they are inhaled they pass through the lung wall and become embedded in the mesothelium.
Scientists and Cancer experts fear that in years to come people exposed to nanotube
particles may go on to develop mesothelioma (a cancer almost exclusively
attributed to asbestos exposure), yet at the present time there are no known nanotube
cases of the disease.
How much compensation will I get?
- Our solicitors normally act on a "no win no fee" basis
Is there a time limit for making a cancer compensation claim?
- You must issue proceedings within 3 years of the date when you first became
aware that you were unwell and that your work was probably the cause
- If you are bringing a claim on behalf of a relative who has passed
away it must be brought within 3 years of the date of their death
Why choose us?
Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors have been successfully acting for clients in respect
of work related illnesses for over 150 years and have the strength
and depth of expertise to ensure that your case gets the attention to detail it
Emma Costin at Simpson Millar LLP specialises in industrial and occupational disease claims.
Phillip Gower at Simpson Millar LLP has ‘vast experience, exercises sound judgement, and has an easy manner with his clients'. He has an excellent reputation for industrial disease work, particularly asbestos and hearing loss cases.
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Make a cancer compensation enquiry
Call our Occupational Illness Team and speak to our cancer compensation
solicitors now on Freephone: 0808 129 3320 or complete our no obligation
online enquiry form and we will get in touch with you.