Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims

Bladder cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK and research suggests that it affects many thousands of people.

 

development of bladder cancer

(Source: Cancer.gov)

Bladder cancer occurs most commonly in people aged between 50 and 70 and, is twice as common in men as it is in women. It is extremely rare in men and women younger than 40 years of age.

Factors that increase the risk of developing bladder cancer

  1. Occupational Exposure:- Research now shows that exposure to a wide variety of industrial chemicals, can be a cause of bladder cancer
  2. Smoking:- Certain chemicals known to cause bladder cancer have been found in cigarette smoke. Some of the chemicals are then absorbed into the blood from the lungs. From the blood the chemicals make their way into the bladder via the kidneys. Once inside the bladder damage may be caused and this increases the chance of cancer developing. The more you smoke the greater the risk.

Whilst smoking (including passive smoking) has long been known to increase the risk of developing bladder cancer, research shows that the risk of developing bladder cancer is greatly increased if you smoke (or have smoked) and have worked with carcinogenic chemicals

The use of these carcinogenic chemicals is far more widespread than previously imagined.

Although a number of cases of bladder cancer were identified amongst workers in a German dye factory, as far back as 1895, it took a further 60 years for bladder cancer to be officially classified as an Occupational disease.

Like many industrial diseases, bladder cancer is unlikely to be diagnosed until a number of years after exposure occurs and in the majority of cases symptoms are unlikely to develop until approximately 25 years after exposure.

Currently the HSE are estimating that we can expect to see in the region of 13500 bladder cancer cases being diagnosed per annum. Whilst not all of these diagnoses will be the result of occupational exposure, many will.

The chemicals and substances known to be responsible for increasing a person’s chances of developing bladder cancer includes these found in paints, coal tar and dyes. As a consequence workers in a wide variety of occupation are at an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.

High risk occupations and industries can include:-

  • Rubber workers,
  • Textile dyeing
  • The Print industry workers (in particular workers who have used or use carbon black which is used to make inks)
  • The Chemical Industry
  • Gas workers (especially those working in old vertical retort houses)
  • Rodent and Pest control
  • Painters and Decorators
  • Mechanics
  • Miners
  • Leather workers
  • Workers involved in the manufacture of coke and firelighters
  • Tar and pitch workers (including roofers and road workers)
  • Aluminium refining
  • Truck drivers who were exposed to significant amounts of diesel fumes
  • Metal Casters, machine setters and in some cases machine operators in factories.
  • Hairdressers- especially those working mainly with hair dyes

The Symptoms

  • Blood in the urine
  • A burning feeling when passing urine
  • Passing urine more frequently
  • Feeling as if you need to urinate without being able to go
  • Pain in the lower back or pelvis

Often the early signs of bladder cancer will mirror the symptoms normally associated with a run of the mill bladder or urinary infection.

However if you have worked in any of the industries outlined above or think that you may have been exposed to carcinogenic chemicals used in those industries, you should not delay seeking medical advice.

You should consult your doctor straight away and raise your concerns.

If you would like to find out more about bringing a claim following a diagnosis of Bladder Cancer then please contact one of our specialist lawyers who will be happy to help you and establish whether you have a claim to make and if you do to ensure you recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.  

To start your industrial disease claim, call our specialist solicitors on 0333 123 9099today, or drop us an email at enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk and one of our industrial solicitors will be in touch as soon as possible.