Skin Cancer Compensation Claims
You have been diagnosed with skin cancer after exposure to harmful chemicals, substances or radiation. If you have been exposed at or because of work, it is often possible for you or your family to claim compensation.
How we can help…
Your employer has a duty to protect you from harm. If they have breached that duty through negligence, you may have the right to make a claim. Our experienced skin cancer solicitors will support you throughout the process of making a claim, working closely with medical practitioners and specialist nurses.
We have a team of solicitors who are experts in skin cancer compensation claims and other work-related cancer claims. We put our clients first – you can choose to progress your case in person, over the phone, on Skype or by email. Our team is also available outside normal working hours.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is common type of cancer which may be caused by an individual’s occupation. Those exposed to ultraviolet light (when working outdoors), ultraviolet light from sunbeds (if operating equipment), chemicals (for example, coal tar, pitch and unrefined mineral oils), and ionising radiation (from radioactive substances or X-rays) may have an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
What causes skin cancer?
Exposure to some harmful chemicals and substances, including UV radiation, can cause cancer. Cancer is caused when damage occurs to a cell’s DNA. Some chemicals and substances, including radiation, can damage the DNA and this can lead to cancer. Cancer-causing chemicals and substances are known as ‘carcinogens’.
Substances are classified as ‘known to be carcinogenic to humans’, ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ or ‘no evidence of carcinogenicity to humans’.
What does skin cancer look like?
Symptoms that may be related to skin cancer can include:
- A patch of scaly, hard skin;
- A red lump/spot;
- An ulcer;
- A new mole;
- A patch of skin that may either bleed, ooze or form a crust.
Which occupations are associated with an increased risk of skin cancer?
Research suggests that occupations with exposure to carcinogens are linked to higher than average rates of certain types of cancer, including skin cancer. Evidence suggests an increased risk of skin cancer from solar radiation, especially on the face and neck, where exposure is occupational for at least 10 years.
Various areas of outdoor work are linked with an increased risk, including agriculture, construction and painting, manufacturing and mining, and service industries.
What regulations are in place to protect employees from work-related cancer?
There are strict regulations governing the use of harmful chemicals and substances, particularly in the workplace. The main legislations protecting employees are COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Employers should be aware of known carcinogens and HSE guidelines.
When should I make a claim for work-related cancer?
There may be time limits for making a claim for compensation for work-related cancer. For this reason, we advise clients to get in touch with us as soon as possible after their diagnosis.
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