Lung Cancer Solicitors - Miners Injury Compensation Claims - Australia



Miners are at risk of developing lung cancer through exposure to asbestos. Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lungs. Cancer can cause damage to the lungs, spread to other organs and result in death.

Our lung cancer solicitors are committed to informing victims of asbestos exposure about their rights to compensation. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, call our helpline, complete the contact form, or send an email to receive legal advice. No Win No Fee representation is also available.

Lung Cancer and Asbestos

Asbestos is a potential primary cause for lung cancer. Tiny asbestos fibres that have broken off from asbestos minerals during the mining process, can float through the air and be inadvertently inhaled. These fibres work their way through the airways to the pleura, the lining of the lungs. Asbestos fibres can cause cancer of the epithelial cells in the airways, or of the pleura.

The average latency period of lung cancer, from the first exposure to asbestos, ranges from 20 to 30 years. Lung cancer symptoms are rarely felt until the disease has developed to an advanced stage.

Mining Risks

Miners who develop asbestosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

Certain measures can be taken to decrease the risk of developing lung cancer from asbestos exposure. Regular surveillance of all mined rock should be undertaken to ensure minimal disturbance of fibrous material. Access to all mining areas containing fibres should be strictly controlled and monitored. As far as possible, dust should be suppressed at source and workers should be isolated from dust by the provision of proper equipment and facilities. Dust containment, collection and handling facilities should be introduced to minimise the level of airborne fibres. Proper disposal procedures should be in place for fibrous waste.

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Common symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Coughing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Neck or facial swelling
  • Shoulder pain (Pancoast's syndrome)
  • Paralysis of vocal chords leading to hoarseness
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Chest infections

Lung Cancer Diagnosis

A doctor may order a chest x-ray, CT scan, or MRI scan. A bronchoscopy test or sputum cytology may also be used. Nevertheless, biopsies are considered the only definitive test for diagnosing lung cancer.

Doctors may use several tests to accurately stage a lung cancer. The stage of a cancer is a measure of the extent to which a cancer has spread in the body. Staging is important for determining how a particular cancer should be treated.

Treatment of Lung Cancer

Treatment of lung cancer may include any or a combination of the following:

  • Surgery: is the treatment of choice for certain types of tumours that have not spread.
  • Radiation Therapy: uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill the cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy: refers to the administration of drugs that stop or slow the growth of cancer cells.

The prognosis for lung cancer is poor, with an overall five-year survival rate of approximately 16%.