It’s a sad fact that many people continue to develop lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure even today. Despite the fact that the toxicity of asbestos was discovered in the early 20th century, its cheapness and a lack of information about the substance meant that it continued to be used until even the 1980s in some countries.
Because it was used so widely, it is still found in many buildings and vehicles today, which means that anyone working in the maintenance of older buildings or vehicles is at risk of exposure. Asbestos is not the only chemical that can cause lung cancer, however.
Causes of lung cancer
Other than smoking, there are various other chemicals that can cause lung cancer. The polluted air of cities across the country is known to contain many of these chemicals, which means that anyone who is exposed to this air on a regular basis including bike couriers and traffic wardens is at risk of developing the disease.
Radiation is a known cause, although radiation exposure is rare in the UK. Second-hand smoke is also a major cause, which means that anyone who worked in a very smoky environment before the smoking ban was brought in is still at risk of developing the disease. Even certain products that are regularly used in the home such as wood strippers can cause lung cancer.
What to do if you believe your cancer was caused by your working environment
While money may provide little comfort in this traumatic time, personal injury compensation exists to ensure that you and your family don’t have to suffer due to your lack of earnings or disability. It can also provide support for those who have to retrain after having become ill as a result of their working environment.
If you’d like to find out more about personal injury compensation, call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline. You’re under no obligation to continue with a claim simply by making a call, but if you decide to go ahead, our claims are conducted on a no win, no fee basis, and usually over the telephone. Call us today to find out how much compensation you could potentially receive, and how simple it could be to claim.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown