Bladder cancer can be a slow developing disease which affects workers who have spent some of their working life in jobs where industrial chemicals are used – or hazardous dust which can be absorbed through the skin.
Toxic industrial chemicals absorbed by the skin pass through the system via the kidneys and bladder. Chemicals which cause cancer are referred to as carcinogens – tumours are also referred to as carcinomas (eg bladder carcinoma).
Common industrial chemicals which cause bladder cancer or have been linked to the disease include aromatic amines, such as benzidine and beta-naphthylamin.
Cigarette smoke may also cause bladder cancer – so workers who were employed in a factory or at a site where smoking was allowed may develop the disease, even if the were not smokers themselves.
Industries where there may be a high risk for bladder cancer include:
A lorry driver or container driver who worked in an industry in which carcinogens were used may also have a higher risk of bladder cancer if they were frequently exposed to toxic chemicals or hazardous materials. The World Health Organization has found some evidence that diesel exhaust fumes may also be linked to a higher risk of bladder cancer
Tumours of the bladder develop in the lining of the bladder as a result of changes in the DNA of cells in the bladder lining – these changes can result when the lining of the bladder is exposed to chemical contaminants in urine over time.
There are two types of bladder tumour:
Bladder cancer is treated by a specialist in urology and is diagnosed with a biopsy, CT scan and MRI scan.
Tumours of the bladder are graded using the TNM (tumour, nodes, metastases) staging system. Nodes refer to the lymph glands and metastases are secondary tumours. The TNM staging system is:
The different stages of bladder cancer may also be referred to simply as early stage, invasive or advanced bladder cancer.
There are also four different stages of early bladder cancer:
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after being exposed to chemicals in the workplace on how to make a no win no fee bladder cancer compensation claim.
Workers who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee industrial disease claim for compensation.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has died as a result of bladder cancer which was diagnosed as an industrial disease or at post-mortem on how to make a no win no fee bladder cancer compensation claim.
Because bladder cancer can years to develop after exposure to chemicals, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can help with tracing the insurers of a former employer using the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) and records held at Companies House.
Even if an employer is no longer in business or a company was taken over a former employer’s business, it is still possible to trace the Employers' Liability (EL) insurer to make a bladder cancer compensation claim against a former employer.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of bladder cancer industrial disease and their families on how to make bladder cancer compensation claims – including cases where bladder cancer has been diagnosed years after working with chemicals linked to bladder cancer.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant having worked with carcinogens and later being diagnosed with industrial diseases such as bladder cancer.
Because of the limitation period for making Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after a bladder cancer diagnosis to discuss making a claim for compensation.
The value of any claim for bladder cancer compensation may take into account the TNM staging grade and prognosis. Your Duncan Lewis industrial claims lawyer will be able to advise you further once your case has been assessed.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims, call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.