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Workers and families who are affected by occupational skin cancer may now be able to make skin cancer claims. If you or a family member has suffered illness from skin cancer, which is linked to a current or previous occupation or profession, you could make a compensation claim.

Employers have a duty of care to ensure that their workers are not harmed or injured whilst in work, and some individuals in certain professions have been linked with an increase in skin cancer that’s caused by substance exposure and sunlight.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with skin cancer and you suspect a work-based link, contact us for a free, no obligation discussion about your claim. Our solicitors are leading the way in representing individuals who believe their skin cancer started at work.

Occupational skin cancer – harmful substances

A common cause of work-related skin cancer is unsafe exposure to harmful chemicals, by-products and radiation, which can result in skin cancer. Even if a substance or by-product is not listed below but you believe it caused your condition, we may still be able to help:

  • Arsenic
  • Asphalt
  • Coal tar
  • Creosols
  • Cutting oils
  • Ionising radiation
  • Non-ionising radiation
  • Paraffin wax
  • Petroleum derivatives
  • Pitch
  • Soot

Key contact

James Gibson


James is a Partner at Hugh James specialising in group litigation and international asbestos-related disease claims. Having been appointed as a lead solicitor in a number of complex and high-profile group litigation actions, James has successfully settled hundreds of personal injury claims and recovered millions of pounds in compensation for clients over the past 14 years.

Your questions answered

An employer, regardless of their size, has a duty of care to ensure their workers are protected from illness and injury.

Certain professions require individuals to work outdoors in the sunlight or with harmful substances. The employer is responsible for ensuring that their employees are given adequate training and protection to safeguard against industrial illnesses such as occupational | work related skin cancer. If an employer has failed to do this, they may be legally responsible for your illness or injury, and therefore liable for personal injury compensation.

We investigate claims for individuals and family members who may have lost a loved one. Our specialist solicitors offer free advice and guidance when investigating a personal injury claim, regardless of whether you instruct us in the future or not.

We will fully investigate the individual circumstances of your skin cancer, and if we feel there is a reasonable likelihood that an employer is at fault, we will accept your claim on a no win, no fee basis – meaning that you won’t pay us a penny should your claim be unsuccessful. We will discuss the funding options with you during the free consultation stage of your claim.

Our skin cancer compensation solicitors are part of our Industrial Disease Team, and have represented clients in Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales and beyond for over 20 years in many landmark cases.

We have recovered millions of pounds in personal injury compensation, while our experience, knowledge and expertise make us leaders in our field.

If you suspect occupational skin cancer and would like to discuss whether you have a claim, contact us today. The sooner you begin the process the better as time limits may apply.

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