Occupational Cancer Compensation Claims in Staines
Have you been diagnosed with an occupational cancer?
If so, you could qualify to make a compensation claim in Staines. If you are in doubt as to whether you have a valid claim, please call the Accident Advice Helpline to talk to a friendly adviser for further information.
How common is Occupational Cancer?
Sadly, every year in the UK thousands of new cases of occupational cancer are diagnosed and thousands of people die. In fact, occupational cancers are responsible for more deaths than workplace accidents.
What causes Occupational Cancer?
Occupational cancer is caused by exposure to cancer causing chemicals at work. It can take years to develop cancer after exposure to cancer causing chemicals. Hence, compensation claims for occupational cancer do not have the usual 3 year time limit.
However, it is essential to make your compensation claim in Staines as soon as you are diagnosed or start to suspect a link between cancer and your past or current employment.
Types of Occupational Cancer
Some of the most common types of occupational cancer are:
- Bladder Cancer – seen in hairdressers, painters and those who work in the rubber industry
- Lung Cancer – seen in painters and welders
- Mesothelioma – caused by exposure to asbestos.
However, there are many other types of occupational cancer and various occupations where people have been or could be exposed to a cancer causing chemical. Accident Advice Helpline’s team of experienced advisers and specialist solicitors help thousands of people every year make compensation claims for occupational cancer.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
Most cases of occupational cancer that happen today arise because of unsafe working conditions in the past. Today, there are measures in place to minimize the risk of people developing occupational cancer.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 is legislation that was brought in to protect employees from substances that are dangerous to health, including carcinogens.
Employers are required to:
- Carry out a risk assessments
- Prevent exposure to harmful chemicals
- Or, minimize the level of exposure to harmful chemicals.
If you work with a known or suspected cancer causing chemical and your employer does not have adequate safety measures in force, your future health could be at risk.
You should report your employer to the Health and Safety Executive immediately.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we know that the UK occupational cancer death rate is unacceptable. One person in the UK dies every 30 minutes from a work-related cancer.
If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with an occupational cancer, it’s time to stand up and be counted!
Help us make the world of work safe for others. Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you do that.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
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Date Published: 24th August 2013