Asbestos Induced Lung Cancer Claims
Have you developed asbestos induced lung cancer as a result of being exposed to asbestos at work? If you have, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim against your employer. Asbestos induced lung cancer usually develops in the lining of the bronchi and develops over a period of time. There are two types of lung cancer caused by being exposed to asbestos and they are SCLC which stands for Small Cell Lung Cancer and NSCLC which stands for Non-Small Cell lung Cancer. When a person has developed SCLC, the cancer cells are round and small and in the case of NSCLS, the cancer cells are large. Sometimes, a person may also develop a form of asbestos induced lung cancer that has features of both the types of cancers.
Lung cancer is usually associated with smoking and a person who is a smoker is ten times more likely to suffer from lung cancer than a person who does not smoke. Similarly, a person who is exposed to asbestos has a greater chance of developing lung cancer than a person who is not exposed to the substance. However, if the person is a smoker and is also exposed to asbestos at work, the chances of developing lung cancer is fifty times greater than the rest of the people.
What is Asbestos Induced Lung Cancer
Asbestos induced lung cancer usually starts developing in the lining of the bronchi. Bronchi are the tubes into which the windpipe and the trachea divide. Asbestos induced lung cancer can also start developing in other areas such as the alveoli, trachea and the bronchioles which are small branches forming the bronchi. Lung cancer takes a lot of time to develop, but once it occurs, the cancerous cells can spread to the other areas and parts of the body as well.
There are two main types of asbestos induced cancer that a person can develop. Firstly, there is Small Cell Lung Cancer and secondly, there is the Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Under certain circumstances, a person may develop lung cancer which has features of both the small cell and the non-small cell cancer.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer is quite common and accounts for approximately 80% of all lung cancers. Small Cell Lung Cancer is not so common and out of 100 people suffering from lung cancer, there may be around 20 who may be suffering from this form of the disease. In Small Cell lung Cancer, although the cells are small, these cells can multiply and develop into large tumors. These tumors can then spread to the other parts of the organs or to the lymph nodes.
In the early stages of asbestos induced lung cancer, the victim may not experience any symptoms and this makes diagnosis of lung cancer really difficult.
Making A Compensation Claim
Making asbestos induced lung cancer claims is not an easy process because you will need to prove that you developed the condition as a result of your working environment. Most of the companies that made use of asbestos prior to 1985 may not even exist now and this is what makes claiming compensation even more difficult. Asbestos related diseases take more than 20 years to develop and diagnose and it can be difficult to prove where you were exposed to asbestos if you had worked in a number of building industries in the past.
If you have developed asbestos induced lung cancer as a result of your working conditions, contact an injury solicitor today for a free case assessment. After the initial assessment, your solicitor will be able to tell you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation and will also be able to give you an estimate of the amount of compensation that you may be entitled to.