Cancer cases as a result of construction work have been rising in recent times. According to the Health and Safety Executive, the construction industry has the largest burden of occupational cancer. This industry alone accounts for more than 3,000 cancer deaths and more than 5,000 new cancer registrations annually.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have helped thousands of people to successfully file occupational cancer compensation claims. We deal with all cases in a fast, courteous and professional manner; therefore, you can be sure that your claim is in safe hands.
Common cancer cases as a result of construction work
A variety of risk factors can lead to cancer and it is usually hard to narrow down occupational causes. These causes are also difficult to assess, as cancer often manifests itself several years after exposure to a cancer-causing agent.
If you work in the construction industry, you could be exposed to some common carcinogens. The occupations most at risk include painters, wood industry workers, welders, glazers, pipe fitters, sandblasters, foundry workers and sheet metal workers.
The common types of occupational cancer and their causes in construction work are listed below:
- Lung cancer and mesothelioma. These are caused by long-term exposure to asbestos, silica, chromium, nickel, arsenic and cadmium.
- Melanoma or skin cancer caused by exposure to mineral oils (including paraffin), tar, arsenic and artificial UV radiation.
- Sinonasal and nasopharynx cancer caused by long-term exposure and inhalation of wood dust for more than ten years.
- Laryngeal and ovarian cancer caused by exposure to asbestos over a long period.
- Other occupational cancers include cancer of the bladder, thyroid, breast or bone marrow (leukaemia).
Can I claim compensation for occupational cancer in construction work?
If you developed cancer as a direct result of your occupation, you may be eligible for compensation. The compensation claim can be made against your current or previous employer, as they were responsible for your health and safety while you were in their employment.
As the claimant in this case, you have to prove that you were exposed to the carcinogen in your workplace and that you received medical attention because of the cancer. In order to strengthen your case, you should also attach medical reports and other incurred expenses to your claim.
You can also make a claim if one of your close family members succumbed to occupational cancer. In this case you will be seeking bereavement damages and compensation for loss of income.
How much is my claim worth?
The amount of compensation you stand to receive depends on the particulars of your case. Your solicitor will calculate the approximate value based on the amount paid out for similar cases in the past. You can also use the 30-second calculator on our website to find out the estimated value of your claim.
For more information on the claim process, please call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly advisors. You can also get in touch with us using the contact form on our website.
Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown