Nasal Cancer Claim

Nasal cancer occurs when uncontrolled cell growth creates abnormal cells which divide and form masses of tissue called tumours. Exposure to some agents is known to cause nasal and sinus cancer and smoking also increases risk. 

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Researchers have confirmed that another cause can be exposure to chemicals in the workplace.

Fortunately, cancer of the nasal cavity is quite rare but research has shown that regular exposure to chemicals and various substances in the workplace can cause nasal cancer. These chemicals and agents include:

  • chromium
  • formaldehyde
  • glues
  • leather dust
  • nickel
  • solvents, used in furniture and shoe production
  • textile industry
  • wood dust (particularly hard wood dust)

Nasal cancer can result in symptoms of blockages causing stuffiness in one side of the nose that will not go away; nosebleeds; reduced or lack of sense of smell or increased mucus production from the nose or throat. You can also have symptoms or problems with your eyes including bulging of the eye; partial or loss of vision; double vision; pain or watery eyes running down the cheek.

In some cases, you can develop a lump or a growth anywhere on the face, nose or roof of the mouth.

Other symptoms can include pain or numbness in parts of your face, particularly the upper cheek, that doesn’t go away; loose teeth; difficulty opening your mouth; swollen (enlarged) lymph nodes in your neck and pain or pressure in one of your ears.

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Can I claim compensation?

You may be able to claim compensation for your condition. It is vital that you instruct a solicitor who has specialist knowledge in this complex area of law so that you can be given the best possible advice on your claim and the prospect of pursuing a claim.

Before you see a solicitor it is important that you have as much information as possible about your employment and the substance or process that may have exposed you to the agent that has caused the condition. The date when you were exposed can be very crucial in advising you on the success of the claim and what steps your employer should have taken to prevent you being exposed.

Do not be too concerned if your employer is no longer trading. Often companies are sold or taken over and we will ensure that we undertake a forensic investigation to determine if they still exist and who their insurers were at the time when you were employed by them and exposed to the cancer causing agent concerned.

Time is of the essence in these cases. The sooner you act the better your chances of receiving compensation.

What if I think I have a problem?

If you think you have symptoms that may be due to nasal or sinus cancer you must contact your GP. Your GP will undertake an examination and advise you on the best course of action. It is important that you discuss your employment or previous employment with your GP if you consider that this may be related so that you GP has as much information as possible to advise you on the best course of action.

The earlier that the condition is diagnosed the sooner that you can begin treatment.

What should my employer do?

The Health and Safety at Work Act makes it clear that there is a legal responsibility on every employer to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health of their employees. It also states that employers must provide information, instruction and supervision to ensure their safety.

This requirement covers not just an employee's safety from immediate injury but also any danger to their long term health. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations also require the employer to conduct a suitable risk assessment of risks to health of the workforce. This includes any risk from any hazard that may cause cancer.

The regulations also state that the employer must identify and then introduce preventative and protective measures needed to improve workplace health and safety. The regulations are clear that the first aim should always be to remove the hazard. If not then the regulations provide a certain order for them to assess the risk and reduce this to the lowest level possible. This includes substitution for less hazardous substance or process or failing that issue personal protective equipment (PPE).

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