Am I eligible for lung cancer compensation?

PUBLISHED 14 Jan 2016

Regardless of the type of cancer, this illness can change your life forever. While in some cases it can be cured with radiotherapy or other treatments, it will certainly impact all corners of your daily living – employment, financial and quality of life.

A significant example of this is lung cancer. According to Cancer Australia, there will be close to 12,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed this year (around 7,000 men and 5,000 women). In fact, 9.4 per cent of new cancer cases this year will be related to the lung.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Like any cancer, the symptoms can manifest quickly, so it is important to be vigilant to changes in your body. As always, the best defence against cancer is early detection which gives you the best chance of survival.

The American Cancer Society outlines that there is a number of symptoms associated with the early onset of lung cancer. This includes a persistent cough, chest pain, weight loss, tiredness, weight loss and coughing up blood.

If the illness is not treated at this stage, it can develop into bone pain, nervous system problems, jaundice and lymph node cancer.

What can cause lung cancer?

There is a common misconception that the only people who develop lung cancer are active smokers and those breathing in the smoke of others. However, exposure to asbestos dust and fibres is also a possible cause.

Either through renovations on their own home or when working on the construction site, asbestos continues to be a problem, despite its 2003 blanket ban.

In fact, if you or a family member develops lung cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos dust or other fibres, you could be eligible for compensation. An important factor in this process is that even if smoking is the main cause of the lung cancer, if any form of asbestos is involved, you can still make a claim.

How is this distinction made?

Before any claim is launched, we at Gerard Malouf & Partners must be certain that your case has a chance of success. With this in mind, we have access to expert oncologists, respiratory physicians and epidemiologists to ensure that asbestos played a role in your lung cancer.

While this is a tough time for you and your family, it is vital to have all the relevant information to make the strongest case possible.

For more information on lung cancer compensation, contact us today.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts or email your enquiry.