In 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – part of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it had reclassified diesel engine exhaust fumes as a Category 1 carcinogen – the highest grade of cancer-causing chemical or substance.
The IARC re-evaluated diesel exhaust fumes because of a definite link between diesel exhaust and lung cancer – as well as some evidence that diesel exhaust fumes may be linked to a higher risk of bladder cancer.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also classified diesel exhaust fumes as the sixth most risky workplace carcinogen (a cancer-causing substance or chemical).
Around 100,000 people are exposed to diesel exhaust fumes in the workplace each year, the HSE estimates – and every year around 650 will die from cancers of the lung and bladder caused by exposure to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) at work.
DEEE are also listed as a hazardous substance under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations.
Diesel exhaust fumes contain micro-particles which can be ingested and then lodge in the lining of the lung and bladder, causing DNA changes when cells in the linings renew themselves – over time, those changes can lead to malignant tumours forming.
Employers have a legal duty to assess a worker’s exposure to DEEE – and take preventative measures to limit exposure where reasonably practicable.
Workers should also be advised of the risks of exposure to diesel exhaust fumes – and be given any health checks needed.
Lung cancer and bladder cancer are debilitating and progressive diseases, which can seriously impair quality of life and a worker’s ability to continue with their job and support their family.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with industrial cancers linked to DEEE on how to make no win no fee diesel exhaust fumes cancer claims.
Workers who have been diagnosed with lung cancer, bladder cancer or other cancers linked to exposure to diesel exhaust fumes at work have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee industrial disease claim for diesel exhaust fumes compensation.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has died as a result of cancers diagnosed as an industrial disease linked to diesel exhaust fumes on how to make no win no fee compensation claim.
Because industrial cancers linked to DEEE can develop years after exposure, 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 diesel exhaust fumes 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 industrial diseases and their families on how to make diesel exhaust fumes cancer claims – including historic cases where cancer linked to DEEE has been diagnosed years after working in a job involving exposure to diesel exhaust fumes.
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 diseases and conditions such as cancers linked to diesel exhaust fumes.
Because of the limitation period for making DEEE claims, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after a lung cancer or bladder cancer diagnosis to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Diesel Exhaust Fumes Cancer Claims, call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.