Industrial workers face a minefield of health risks if an employer fails in it duty under the health and safety regulations – including the risk of developing work-related cancers as a result of exposure to carcinogens such as chemicals, fumes, gases, and fine particle dust in the workplace.
Industrial cancers can take years to develop – and employers also have a duty to advise workers of the risks of developing work-related cancers, as well carrying out risk assessments to maintain air quality at industrial sites and prevent exposure to carcinogens at work.
Employers should also provide any safety equipment needed to protect workers from potential carcinogens in the workplace – and arrange any necessary health checks for employees.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise employees to seek early diagnosis of any health condition they are concerned about – and report symptoms to an employer as soon as they develop.
Common industrial and work-related cancers caused by hazardous materials, chemicals, liquids or gases include:
Industrial cancers often develop because the powerful chemicals used in industry are easily inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream – where they are transported to major organs and processed for excretion via the kidneys, bladder, bowel and urinary tract.
However, regular exposure to powerful carcinogens results in changes in DNA in the body’s cells. These changes are permanent – and as cells in the body reproduce and renew themselves, instead of the cell dividing in half to reproduce, the cell can continue multiplying, which is when a tumour can develop and spread.
If caught early, work-related cancers can be treated and early diagnosis means patients have a much better chance of making a good recovery.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors offer advice workers who have been diagnosed with a work-related cancer – such as mesothelioma, bladder cancer or kidney cancer – on how to make a no win no fee workplace cancer claim.
Workers who have been diagnosed with workplace cancer have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if an employer has failed to protect a worker from developing workplace cancers under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Because workplace cancers can take years to develop, Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease 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 claim for workplace cancer compensation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life as a result of workplace cancers – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with cancer linked to carcinogens in the workplace – on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease 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 workplace cancer compensation claims – including historic cases where cancer caused by exposure to carcinogens at work has been diagnosed years later.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant’s employment and later being diagnosed with cancer caused by exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for workplace cancers, Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of cancer caused by exposure to industrial carcinogens to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal help with no win no fee Workplace Cancer Claims Advice call Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.