Asbestos cancer is a broad term used to cover the range of cancers caused by exposure to asbestos, a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) material. Asbestos cancers commonly develop in the lungs. However, they can take decades to develop.
Should I be concerned about past exposure to asbestos?
If you have been exposed to asbestos, you should stay alert to the signs of asbestos cancer. Asbestos lung cancer symptoms include:
- A persistent cough;
- Shortness of breath;
- Coughing up blood-stained phlegm (sputum);
- Aches or pains when you cough or breathe in and out;
- Loss of appetite; and
- Weight loss.
Any symptoms should be immediately investigated by your GP. This will allow for an early diagnosis and may improve the effectiveness of your treatment.
Can I make asbestos cancer compensation claims?
While no amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering caused by a cancer diagnosis, compensation may offer comfort and security to you and your family. Claims for asbestos cancer compensation are split into two parts: general damages, which is compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by the cancer itself, and special damages, which is compensation for any financial losses you have incurred as a result of your illness.
To estimate the value of your general damages claim, your personal injury solicitor will take into account the level of your symptoms and any disability your cancer is responsible for, in addition to the extent to which your symptoms are likely to worsen over time.
The amount of compensation you receive for financial losses arising from your cancer diagnosis will depend upon your personal circumstances. A claim for special damages often includes the following:
- Loss of earnings, pensions and other benefits;
- Private medical treatment expenses;
- Personal care expenses; and
- Household maintenance service expenses.
How do I make an asbestos cancer claim?
To discuss your eligibility to make an asbestos cancer compensation claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline and speak to one of our friendly personal injury claim specialists, or use our compensation calculator to work out whether you are entitled to compensation.
If you are eligible to make a compensation claim, we will pass your case onto our team of qualified and experienced asbestos compensation claim solicitors, who will help you to achieve the best possible level of compensation on a 100% no win no fee basis.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: 8th July 2013