What is Asbestos Lung Cancer?
Asbestos lung cancer is a lung cancer where asbestosis is also present, or where the patient has had heavy exposure to asbestos.
What causes Asbestos Lung Cancer?
When asbestos is disturbed, tiny microscopic fibres are released into the air. If inhaled they can become trapped in the lungs and attach themselves to the lung tissue. The fibres cause irritation, inflammation and genetic damage and tumor formation eventually begins after many years. It can take 15-60 years for the lung cancer to develop.
How is it diagnosed?
The Helsinki criteria which was agreed upon by medical experts determines when lung cancer may be asbestos related. The criteria is a diagnosis of asbestosis as well as lung cancer and/or
– higher than normal asbestos fibres/bodies in the lung tissue
– a very high exposure to asbestos.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can vary from person to person. Initial symptoms may include:
- persistent cough
- coughing up blood or blood stained sputum
- chest and/or shoulder pains
- weight loss
- shortness of breath or wheezing
- hoarse voice
- finger clubbing
What compensation & financial assistance is available for Asbestos Lung Cancer?
The amount of compensation for Asbestos Lung Cancer varies case by case and will take into account many factors including the severity of the disease, pain and suffering, financial loss, care, expenses and future financial loss.
You may also be entitled to separate claims for government benefits including Industrial Disease Disablement benefit. Also, you may be entitled to a lump sum payment from the government under the Pneumoconiosis Etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979. This is payable where the companies are not trading, and it can be a significant amount which is paid quickly by the government.
We strongly recommend if you have asbestos lung cancer that you contact us straight away so that we can give you advice in relation to your individual case. Our specialist solicitors will guide you through the whole process and will always work in your best interests.
Are there time limits for making a claim?
Generally the time limit for bringing court proceedings is within 3 years from when the asbestos related condition was first diagnosed. Claims outside of this time limit may still be allowed under the discretion of the courts if there is a good reason for the delay. It is therefore vital that you pursue your legal rights when you are told you have lung cancer, where you have also had heavy exposure to asbestos dust. If you do not act you may be out of time for claiming compensation if your illness gets worse.
I have been told I have Lung Cancer. What should I do?
If you are diagnosed with lung cancer and asbestos may be the cause it is important to act and seek legal advice. We strongly recommend that you contact us straight away because it may be asbestos lung cancer. We can investigate your eligibility for important government benefits and our specialist solicitors can advise you in respect of compensation. With the right advice and support there is no reason why you cannot take control and continue to live a remarkable life. It is important to ask for help from people who understand what you are going through and who can help and advise you.