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Lung Cancer Claims

Our expert asbestos solicitors can help current and retired trade union members claim compensation for asbestos-related lung cancer.

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Lung Cancer Claims

UK employers’ poor track record of protecting workers – such as those engaged in heavy industry, manufacturing and construction – from inhaling asbestos dust has left many trade union members at risk of contracting asbestos-related lung cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and worked in an industry where asbestos exposure was commonplace, it’s vital to appoint an expert solicitor to handle your case. As a trade union member you may have access to our specialist solicitors if it’s part of your union legal service.

Proving the link between asbestos and a lung cancer diagnosis is challenging and complex, not least because a number of other factors – often smoking – can cause the disease. However, you may still be able to make a claim even if you have a history of smoking, so make sure you contact your union legal service so your case can be investigated.

If asbestosis, another asbestos-related illness, is also present alongside lung cancer, it will generally be accepted that the lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure.

Where asbestosis is not present, your lawyer will need to establish that you suffered prolonged or excessive exposure to asbestos during your occupation.

Making a lung cancer claim through your union legal service is completely free of charge and you will receive 100% of any compensation secured, unlike high street law firms and claims companies who will take a portion of your award.


Charlie in his home
“Thompsons were fantastic. They sat down with me and went through my employment history in detail to help work out exactly when I had been in contact with asbestos and that meant I could make a compensation claim.” Charlie, trade union member

How Thompsons can help you to make a lung cancer claim

Thompsons is the leading asbestos litigation law firm in the UK. 

Our experts will work with you and your family to carry out thorough research into your employment history and gather robust evidence to prove when and where you were put at risk.

We have the largest asbestos register in the UK, which gives us access to an unrivalled database of workplaces across the country where union members have been exposed to asbestos in the past. The register also contains the details of employers’ insurers, so if the place at which you were exposed no longer exists we are still able to pursue a claim. We will also use the register to help find witnesses to support your claim.

The register can also be used to help family members of people who have tragically passed away from asbestos-related lung cancer. It can help us identify where they may have been exposed to asbestos, so that you can make a claim for compensation on their behalf.

We understand that lung cancer is a debilitating condition, so we will make every effort to make the claims process as easy as possible for you. We won’t ask you to come into our offices if you’re unable to do so. We can discuss your case over the phone or via video call and, if it is safe to do so, we can meet you in your home.

Once you have worked with us to identify the source of your asbestos exposure and signed your statement, you can ask a family member to manage your claim.  

Our lawyers work tirelessly to secure the compensation our clients deserve, bringing hundreds of cases to a successful conclusion every year.