The Personal Injury Team at Hugh James solicitors have launched a new, dedicated, website for cancer patients in the UK. The website, www.cancerlegalhelp.com, was devised from a growing need by cancer patients in both England and Wales to have a one stop reference point for helpful information and advice.
Many cancer patients in the UK are unaware of their rights after being diagnosed. Some will qualify for state benefits alongside the treatment provided to them by the National Health Service (NHS). A high number of these individuals may also be eligible to claim personal injury compensation for industrial illnesses without realising it.
Industrial work in the UK is, and was, common and will have caused many people to fall ill with illnesses such as cancer following chemical exposure and the inhalation of toxic gases. One such pandemic relates to asbestos exposure. Through our litigation work we have found that a new type of client, diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma, are increasingly coming forward. They are not your traditional steel workers, pipe lagers or ship yard workers – they are teachers, cleaners, librarians and hospital staff. The use of asbestos during the late 60s into the early 90s meant that many public buildings used today in the UK still contain high levels of asbestos. A number of our clients had been exposed after damage to a wall, to heating pipes or even internal roof tiles.
Cancer Legal Help provides a wide range of information including benefits advice and advice on specialist support groups. It also attempts to help the individual in understanding their rights to claim damages if the cancer is related to their working background, whether it be industrial work or not.
Simon Ellis is a Partner at Hugh James in our Cardiff office. Simon is a specialist industrial illness litigator with a specialism in industrial cancer cases. Simon says “the Cancer Legal Help website was built after we identified a real need by our clients and their families to get various information streams to support them through cancer. The website has been well received by cancer patients as well as health workers as it really does provide the key information needed by newly diagnosed cancer patients.”