If you or a family member has suffered as a result of asbestos related lung cancer, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our specialist team of asbestos specialists are able to confirm whether or not a claim can be made. Call our specialists today on Freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online for free specialist advice.
Asbestos related lung cancer is a cancer of the lung tissue which is caused by breathing in asbestos dust. Lung cancer will only be caused by asbestos where the amount of exposure to asbestos dust has been extremely heavy.
Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer and there is no physical difference between lung cancer caused by smoking and lung cancer caused by asbestos. It’s therefore often the case that people who smoke don’t realise that their lung cancer could be asbestos related.
The symptoms of lung cancer include persistent chest infections, breathlessness, bloodstained phlegm, pain when coughing or taking in a deep breath and weight loss.
A diagnosis of lung cancer will be made by a chest consultant following investigations which normally include x-rays, a bronchoscopy and a CT scan or PET scan. If an x-ray shows something abnormal, the consultant may ask for the patient to have a bronchoscopy, which is when the consultant looks inside their airways by putting a narrow flexible tube down the nose or throat. The consultant may also ask for a CT scan or a PET scan which takes pictures of the inside of the body and provides much more information.
If these tests lead to a diagnosis of lung cancer, further tests may be required to see whether the cancer has spread and help the consultant decide on the best treatment.
Treatment offered will depend on how advanced the cancer is, the general health and fitness of the patient and their personal preference.
In order to prove a case for asbestos related lung cancer, you must prove that you’ve been negligently exposed to a large quantity of asbestos.
The most common type of negligent exposure to asbestos is those who have worked with or in close proximity to the substance in trades such as:
Even if you didn’t work with asbestos yourself, you may still have been exposed to large quantities of asbestos dust. There are other ways in which you could have been negligently exposed, such as:
A claim can still be made on behalf of a loved one, however this can be more difficult. As we need to prove that your loved one was negligently exposed to a large quantity of asbestos dust, if they haven’t first made a statement detailing their exposure, or discussed their exposure with anyone who can make a statement about their discussion, gathering evidence can be challenging.
However, if they haven’t made a statement or disclosed their exposure to anyone, we may still be able to gather evidence. We have a large database of witness evidence of negligent exposure which took place at companies across the UK.
Therefore, if you think you have a claim on behalf of a loved one, you should contact us without delay so we can begin gathering vital evidence.
Given that those who are diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancer were often negligently exposed many years ago, it’s often the case that the companies have long gone out of business. However, we have a large database of companies’ insurers which we often use in order to pursue a claim and also a team of experts who are incredibly successful in tracing companies’ liability insurers.
The majority of our cases are dealt with under a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is often referred to as a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you do not have any anything and there is no financial risk to you. Find out more about how ‘No Win No Fee’ agreements work here.
There are often difficulties faced in cases of asbestos related disease as they usually date back many years and therefore the evidence, as well as the company’s liability insurers, is often difficult to find.
Slater and Gordon has teams of asbestos related disease experts based in offices across the UK and are specialists in this complex area of law. Our team of experts are extremely specialised in researching and gathering the evidence needed in order to bring a claim for compensation.
As well has having a vast amount of knowledge in this area of law, they’re also extremely dedicated in ensuring that justice is achieved, which is evidenced in that over the years we’ve been involved in some of the most important and ground-breaking industrial disease cases.
For a free consultation with one of our experts about claiming compensation for asbestos related lung cancer, call our solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you at a time that’s convenient for you.