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Bladder Cancer Compensation

Bladder cancer is the most common urological cancer and the seventh most common cancer in men. It has been common in the rubber industry for some time but is also seen amongst those working with aromatic amines, coal tars and pitch, diesel engine exhaust, metal working fluids and mineral oils.


The risk of contracting bladder cancer is strongly associated with work involving the use of aromatic amines, particularly benzidine and beta-naphthylamine, which were widespread in the manufacture of dyes and pigments for textiles, paints, plastics, hair dyes, pesticides and most notably in the rubber industry.

Production of beta-naphthylamine ceased in the UK in 1952 and in 1953 bladder cancer became, and still is, a prescribed industrial disease.

It has been estimated that, in the UK, around 7% of bladder cancer cases in men and 2% in women are linked to occupational exposure, working in occupations as diverse as a painter and decorator to a hairdresser. On top of that, around 4% of bladder cancer cases in European men are due to exposure to PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) which is a potent pollutant and carcinogen.

Dangerous chemicals have been used in the rubber industry. Beta-naphthylamine (in the form of a chemical called Nonox S) was used in rubber compounding until 1949 when it was withdrawn. Unfortunately workers in the rubber industry now also have to contend with an increased risk of developing lung cancers and stomach cancers as a result of fumes and dust created in the working environment.

The risk of stomach cancer appears to be related to rubber dust exposure and the lung cancers a result of exposure to vulcanising fumes.

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If I can make a claim about bladder cancer compensation

Despite what seems to be slight improvements in cancer rates in industries that no longer use these carcinogenic aromatic amines, if you believe that your working conditions have caused you to develop cancer, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. That is especially true if it can be shown that your employer did not take all the steps they should have done to protect you from that risk.

How do I prove my condition is related to my employment?

You should try and remember as much as possible about your employment and the compounds which you were exposed to. If you can recall the names of the agent and the manufacturer of the product this can be very useful in identifying if any of the product contained any known cancer causing agent.

We will instruct specialist medical and other experts to help prove that you were exposed to the substance and that this has caused the condition which you have been diagnosed with.

My employer no longer exists. What can I do?

If your employer is no longer in existence don't let this put you off seeking advice. Employers have been required to have insurance for the last 40 or so years and provided we are able to trace the insurer at the time when you were exposed to the agent thought to be responsible for causing the disease, you may still be able to claim compensation.

It is vital in these cases that you consult a specialist solicitor who has all the tools available to search for insurers so you have the best chance of being able to identify the insurer and make a claim.

My employer's duty to protect employees

There are regulations in place to control the levels of exposure to rubber process dust and rubber fumes and it is important that employers abide by these regulations. The air within the working environment for rubber industries should be monitored regularly and levels of dust and fumes should be kept as low as reasonably practical. Cleanliness and a good level of ventilation are important as well as providing employees with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as breathing apparatus and protective gloves.

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