There are concerns that a small segment of the population may be more susceptible to bladder cancer due to their profession. According to recent reports, workers who are exposed to certain chemicals may be sitting on a “ticking timebomb”.
Research into the cause of bladder cancer is still on-going but two of the main factors known to increase the risk of developing this disease are smoking and exposure to certain chemicals, such as those used in manufacturing dyes, plastics, petroleum and rubber as well as those present in gasworks, leather treating plants, the tyre making industry, the printing industry, chemical manufacturing and processing and distribution industries.
It can take 25 years or more for bladder cancer to develop after exposure to the harmful chemicals. Therefore people who worked with chemicals such from the 1970’s onwards may only be starting to develop symptoms now. This draws parallels with workers who inhaled fibres from insulation material used in the 1970s and contracted asbestosis that sometimes does not appear in victims for up to 40 years.
Where there is any potential risk of exposure to bladder cancer causing chemicals at work, precautions should be taken in the form of breathing protection, extraction and ventilation systems, alternative safer chemicals to be used instead, health warnings, advice and monitoring of both the worker and the workplace to ensure that it is safe.
If you have been exposed to an irritant or a hazardous substance and suspect that this may have caused a personal injury or potentially a disease such as bladder cancer then you should seek medical advice immediately.
If you or a family member are suffering from bladder cancer caused by exposure to chemicals, you may be able to claim damages against the person or company that exposed you. If you were exposed at work the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 (COSHH) will apply when making a claim for bladder cancer.
In the unfortunate event that a family member has died from bladder cancer where exposure to chemicals has occurred, it may still be possible to make a compensation claim posthumously. In any case, please get in touch with Hattons so that we can advise you on your options for making a bladder cancer claim.
If you or a family member are suffering from bladder cancer caused by the exposure to chemicals then please contact our expert team of solicitors on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the claim now form to the right of this screen.