Asbestos related lung cancer is caused by the breathing in of asbestos dust, normally over a prolonged period of time.
Certain workers are more likely to develop asbestos related lung cancer such as:
The amount of asbestos dust that is needed to cause lung cancer is similar, and sometimes more, than the amount needed to cause asbestosis.
Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer and there are no physical differences between asbestos related lung cancer and that caused by smoking.
In fact in the past doctors would only consider asbestos as having caused lung cancer, if the patient also suffered from asbestosis. There has now been a link made between how cigarette smoke reacts with asbestos fibres to increase the likelihood of lung cancer. This means that you are more likely to develop lung cancer if you are both a smoker and have been exposed to asbestos.
If you decide to make an asbestos related lung cancer claim and have also smoked cigarettes the Court could rule that the cause was a combination of the two substances. This may mean that the compensation awarded is reduced to reflect that smoking also contributed to the development of disease.
Some of the symptoms of asbestos related lung cancer include:
Due to the complexity of proving an asbestos related lung cancer case you need to make sure you chose an experienced and reputable solicitors firm such as Hattons. It is also important to get in contact soon after you are diagnosed as there are strict time limits on when you can claim.
We have a highly experienced legal team who have helped many asbestos related lung cancer victims, including Hattons Solicitors Senior Partner Bruce Hatton, who has been helping victims for over 20 years.
Hattons Solicitors can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also be reassured by having access to our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you would like legal advice on making an asbestos related lung cancer claim for compensation please call our legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now form and we will call you back.