Can I Claim Compensation for Lung Cancer?

In order to assess your claim for lung cancer, compensation our specialist workplace cancer lawyers will carry out investigations into the cause of your condition.

The two main causes for lung cancer are tobacco smoke and other chemicals and materials used within industry such as:

  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium (VI)
  • Cobalt
  • Ionising radiation
  • Mineral oils
  • Nickel
  • Silica

The cancer is caused as a result of carcinogenic chemicals travelling into the bloodstream through the inhalation of particles, through ingestion or as a result of the chemicals coming into contact with the skin.

The breathing in of harmful chemicals can lead to morphological changes within the lungs which can result in the development of a malignant tumour.

Smoking is the greatest cause of diagnosed cases of lung cancer in the UK.

Should I be Worried about Developing Lung Cancer?

It usually takes between 20 to 30 years for lung cancer to develop following exposure to harmful chemicals present within industry, although this can be expedited through the smoking of tobacco products.

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, you should consider whether you have ever been exposed to any of the minerals listed above, or have been a smoker.

The types of workers usually thought to be at most risk of developing lung cancer worked in aluminium and coal production, construction and transport, iron and steel foundries, painters and decorators, or people who have worked within the glass, pressed ware and rubber industries.

What are the Symptoms of Lung Cancer?

You should always seek medical attention if you feel you have any change in your health resulting in the following symptoms:

  • A cough lasting three weeks or more which won’t improve
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up phlegm (sputum) with traces of blood in it
  • Loss of weight and appetite
  • Pain when breathing
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Recurrent chest infections

In most cases, people who are suffering from these symptoms are not suffering with lung cancer as the symptoms are more commonly caused by chest infections, pneumonia or other forms of chest complaints.

If you feel you have been exposed to the chemicals referred to in the above list, then you may be entitled to pursue a claim for workplace cancer compensation.

How much Compensation will I Receive?

The level of lung cancer compensation differs from case to case and really does depend on the severity of symptoms, the length of your period of suffering, your age and whether there is a possibility of any cure.

Awards for the condition itself vary from anything from around £50,000 up to £100,000.

If your claim succeeds, you would be able to claim compensation for any loss of earnings, care and assistance provided by family members, travelling expenses and any medical or prescription charges.

Statistics on Lung Cancer

It has been confirmed that Lung Cancers account for 13% of the total number of newly diagnosed cancers and, sadly, 35,000 people pass away due to the condition each year.

Studies have shown that tobacco smoke inhalation increases the risk of someone developing lung cancer, making a current smoker 15 times more likely to develop the condition than a lifelong non-smoker.

A study published in December of 2011 showed that 91% of lung cancers in men and 86% in women were linked to lifestyle factors, the majority of which were caused by smoking.

Other studies have shown that 21% of lung cancers in males in the UK and around 4% in women can be associated with occupational exposure to various chemicals. Around 13% were caused by diesel fume inhalation, 17% by silica exposure and 40% due to occupational exposure to asbestos.

If you have been diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer and can recall how you came into contact with asbestos you may be eligible to claim compensation from your former employer or their insurers.

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