Lung cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells develop and grow in the lungs. Left unchecked it will interfere with the proper functioning of the lung and spread to other organs in the body. Sadly, it is often fatal.
Lung cancer is caused by a mutation in the cells and this, in turn, can be caused by genetics, aging or outside factors such as smoking.
Sometimes the outside factor that causes the cancer is work-related. In fact, according to the Health & Safety Executive, exposure at work to a known cancer-causing substance accounts for one in twenty cancer deaths in Great Britain. Most of these deaths are caused by exposure to asbestos.
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There are many rules in place to protect workers from exposure to carcinogens. Some are covered by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), which deals with hazardous substances in general (see our work accident pages for more details).
Other rules deal with particular substances. For example, there are a number of rules requiring employers to protect their employees against exposure to asbestos.
Sadly, sometimes employers do not comply with these rules and workers are negligently exposed to carcinogens. If this happens to you, and you develop lung cancer as a result, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Lung Cancer Compensation Claims
Thompsons' compensation solicitors have a dedicated Lung Disease team with the experience and skill to tackle even the most complicated of cases. We also have a team of medical specialists, including consultant physicians, pathologists and radiologists, who will be involved in your case.
To talk to an expert about making a claim, call 0800 0891331 or click here.