Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, employers in England and Wales are legally required to conduct risk assessments to identify any harmful substances, including those that can cause cancer.
They should then take steps to either prevent or restrict an employee’s exposure to harmful substances, such as equipping them with personal protective equipment and monitoring and limiting how much time they spend working around known carcinogens. Employers must also make sure that members of staff are aware of any harmful substances that have been identified in the workplace, and inform them of what they can and should do to stay safe.
If an employer fails to take these steps and you’ve developed a cancer you believe may be linked to your working conditions, it may be – at least in part – the result of their negligence. Our Industrial Disease Solicitors are specialists in helping to prove liability (fault) and ensuring people who have developed work-related cancer receive appropriate amounts of compensation.
With the right compensation settlement in place, you should be able to get back into the financial position you would have been in had you not developed cancer. If you’ve paid out costly medical fees and lost out on much-needed earnings as a result of your illness, it’s only right that you should be compensated.
And if your condition has left you with long-term care and support needs and impacted on your quality of life, you should have the means of accessing what you need and be able to live as full and independent a life as possible.
Get in touch with our Industrial Disease Solicitors and we can advise you on whether you may be able to claim compensation.