Work-Related Skin Cancer & Work-Related Melanoma Compensation Claim Lawyers
Occupational Skin Cancer can occur in certain jobs for a variety of reasons. People who work outside can suffer from over exposure to sunlight, while certain jobs may require employees to come into contact with dangerous chemicals or radiation that can bring about the condition.
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer and feel your work environment was to blame, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors may be able to help you make an occupational skin cancer claim.
We are a leading work accident claims law firm in Manchester. We help people who suffer injuries and illnesses at work to claim the compensation they rightly deserve.
We have a high degree of expertise surrounding workplace health and safety regulations which makes us perfectly placed to answer any questions you may have about what has happened to you.
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Which jobs are at risk?
Over exposure to harmful UV radiation from the sun dramatically increases the chances of developing melanoma skin cancer. Anyone who works outside a lot has an increased risk if they do not take the necessary precautions. Outdoor workers such as landscapers, gardeners, lifeguards, labourers, farm workers and refuse collectors are particularly vulnerable.
According to figures from the HSE, the construction industry has the highest number of work-related cancer cases each year.
Other high-risk industries include agriculture, gasworks, paint production, tyre making, pesticide and fertiliser manufacturing which also present high risk for other industrial diseases and cancers.
Protective equipment should be made available by employers to shield staff from sunlight as much as possible, and work schedules should ensure no one is out in the sun for too long.
Occupational skin cancer - harmful substances
In addition to the risks posed by the sun, many people work with dangerous chemicals that can cause skin disorders including skin cancer if not used safely. Cleaners and medical staff are just two examples of the kind of role which poses this risk.
Some examples of substances which can lead to skin cancer include:
● Petroleum derivatives
● Coal tar and pitches
In these cases, protective equipment such as gloves and masks should be readily available, and employees should have clear guidelines regarding the safe use of all substances.
Skin cancer from UV exposure while driving for work
Many people do not realise that the skin can be damaged through the closed windows of a vehicle. Skin cancer most commonly affects long distance drivers on the face and arms, particularly the right arm if the majority of your driving is done in a right-hand drive vehicle.
If you drive, or used to drive, for a living and have developed skin cancer then it is worth checking with an experienced work injury solicitor. You should act quickly because there is usually a three-year time limit from the date of the injury, or the date you became aware of the cause of the injury.
Making a skin cancer compensation claim
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors can help victims who have developed skin cancer due to their employment conditions. The symptoms of this condition may remain unidentified for some time, and it is possible you may no longer be working in the job that put you at risk.
Nevertheless, you can still make a claim if a link can be proven between your skin cancer and your current or former work environment.
Occupational exposure to sunlight or chemicals that causes cancer is completely avoidable, and your employer should be held liable if they failed to provide you with safe working conditions.
We are passionate about helping clients to seek appropriate justice and recompense, and our track record speaks for itself.
Our experienced Skin Cancer Compensation Claim Solicitors act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham, and Whitefield.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service.
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