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Lung Cancer and Asbestos Booklet – Introduction

A guide to compensation

Lung cancer is strongly linked to various agents, the most common of which is smoking. Asbestos exposure is well known to increase greatly the risk of lung cancer. Someone with the disease who has been exposed to asbestos may be entitled to compensation, even if he/she is or has been a smoker.

There are two types of compensation for asbestos-related lung cancer. The first is welfare benefits, paid by the Department for Work & Pensions. The second is a lump sum, known as “damages”, which can be claimed using a solicitor from one or more of the companies or organisations responsible for the individual’s exposure to asbestos. The right to claim each type of compensation is separate from the other. In other words, if someone receives welfare benefits for his/her asbestos-related lung cancer, he/she can still claim damages, and vice versa.

This guide has been produced by Moore Blatch LLP. This guide is intended to set out general information, it is not intended to be a replacement for detailed legal advice. To the extent permitted by law, Moore Blatch LLP will not be liable by reason of breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, for any loss or consequential loss occasioned to any person acting, omitting to act, or refraining from acting in reliance upon this material, or arising from or connected with any error or omission in this material. Consequential loss means any loss of anticipated profits, damage to reputation or goodwill, loss of expected future business, damages, costs or expenses payable to any third party or any other indirect losses.
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